Old North Church

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193 Salem Street, Boston, MA, USA
www.oldnorth.com - (617) 523 6676

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WalterC WalterC
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Where 'One If By Sea, Two If by Land' took place Sep 14, 2017
Located in the North End along the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church did play a very big role during colonial times, leading up to the American Revolution. Mainly in the Midnight Ride of 1775, with Paul Revere, William Dawes and others.

The church’s main role was the number of lanterns that were hung in the steeple, as a signal to tell the riders on how the British troops were arriving into Charlestown. Then the riders would go into towns and deliver that message to the people. Unfortunately, you cannot visit the steeple, as it is closed off to visitors.

What you can see, is the main church itself. There are some description cards in some of the cubicle seats, telling the story of the Midnight Ride. And the history of the church itself. An okay place to see, but nothing really special that makes it stand out. But this place is more about what happened in this place, rather than the building itself. At least this part is free, and should not take long at all to see.

There is the option of a Crypt Tour, but this one costs $6. While I did have a very good tour guide, who did a great job, the places that was shown, ended up being underwhelming. First, it started with a visit to the second floor of the building, as we were shown the history of the church building, as well as some original parts. And second, is under the church, which is the crypt, where people can buy a box to put their family remains in. And some old coffin parts in it. Unless you want to really see more of the church, I don’t really think it was really worth the money or time.

As an attraction by itself, it is definitely not worth going out of your way to see it. But as part of the Freedom Trail, the church part is definitely worth a quick look that should not cost you any money, and not too much time. Though, donations are welcomed!
equestrian statue of Paul Revere, …
back gate entrance
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front area of church
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The Old North Church May 29, 2010
Built in 1723 the Old North Church is the oldest active church building in Boston, and is a National Historic Landmark along the Freedom Trail in Boston. It is famous for being the site where Paul Revere had his patriots hang lanterns to help send warning to nearby Lexington and Concord of the movement of the British troops on April 18, 1775 shortly after 10 pm. “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” has become a well known memory of that time. And although the lanterns were only displayed for a minute or so it was enough time to get the message out. Paul Revere was not alone in his ride to warn the citizens in the nearby townships. William Dawes and several others rode out into the surrounding communities to spread the word. The steeple at 191 feet tall was the perfect spot from which to send the message by lantern because it was the highest point in Boston and could be seen for a great distance.
This is the plaque on the front of…
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