The Freedom Trail Part #5 – Paul Revere’s House and The Old North Church – Boston, MA

Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church
Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church

For Part #4, click here

When H- asked me at the beginning of our Boston Trip which parts of the Freedom Trail I absolutely wanted to hit no matter what, I answered without hesitation Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church.  Having moved around so much as a child, I’m not great at any state history (something which continually surprises my friends born and raised in Tennessee), but I’m a huge U.S. history buff (granted, I’m nowhere near as impressive as my friend W-, but I can hold my own) and I love Paul Revere.  Not only is he a great historical figure (silversmith turned revolutionary), but I think every U.S. child at some point or another has heard the Longfellow poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year

There were so many people crammed into Paul Revere’s house, I felt like a sardine.  And while downstairs, you could hear every single step from all the feet upstairs – at one point someone made a little jump and B- and I made eye contact, slightly afraid we were about to be crushed by the collapsing ceiling.  Sadly, no photos were allowed inside the house, but there was a period flute demonstration going on outside that we sat and enjoyed for a bit before moving on.

My favorite stop by far along the entire length of the Freedom Trail was the Old North Church.  From a distance we could see the steeple, and in my head I kept reciting the words, “One if by land, and two if by sea,” while skipping little a giddy little schoolgirl.

The Old North Church steeple
The Old North Church steeple

Once inside the church, visitors can mingle and look around before settling into one of the box pews to listen to the guide talk about Paul Revere and the infamous Midnight Ride.  The guide when we visited was British, which H-, B- and I all found ironic, and he was both very funny and informative.  Did you know that although Paul Revere did in fact ride out after the signal was lit in the belfry, by the time he reached Lexington and Concord, they already knew the British were coming because Revere had  several riders placed across the river who warned the colonist after seeing the signal?

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