Best of Boston

1996 Best Civic Organization

Charlestown Preservation Society

First-time visitors to Charlestown are invariably struck by the neighborhood’s beauty and charm, a consequence in no small part of the efforts of the town’s 29-year-old preservation society. This group, which works to preserve the town’s landmarks and grade the neighborhood, supports its efforts with a delightful annual house tour—in the evening by candlelight, and during the day by trolley.

P.O. Box 201, Charlestown, 617-240-7500,