Summer Street Skyline
A view across Fort Point Channel of the Waterfront and Boston Harbor, from between Summer Street and Congress Street.
Feeding into the harbor, Fort Point Channel is a waterway separating South Boston from downtown. The channel and neighborhood of the same name are the centerpieces of Boston’s revitalized waterfront. The neighborhood was named to celebrate Fort Hill, a colonial-era fort built to defend Boston Harbor. The bastion was constructed on a hill, part of which jutted out into the harbor, a geographical feature called a point.
Fort Point Channel has a significant place in American history as it was the site of the Boston Tea Party. In the 1830s, the neighborhood’s wharfs and warehouses stored vast quantities of sugar and molasses as well as items used in the local shipbuilding trade.