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The Old North Church ~ Christ Church in the City of Boston

The Old North Church ~ Christ Church in the City of Boston

On the evening of April 18, 1775, as the colonists surveyed British troop movement, Paul Revere reported, “if the British went out by Water, we would shew two Lanthorns in the North Church Steeple; and if by Land, one, as a Signal.” The church sexton hung two lanterns, as a signal that the Brits were marching on to Lexington and Concord by sea.

These words were later immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem, Paul Revere's Ride, "One if by land, two if by sea" which is a rollicking poem that you simply must read. It will really put you in the spirit, before you go visit The Old North Church ~ Christ Church in the City of Boston.

This fateful event ignited the Americans to gather off their farms and land, joining to march with the militia, starting the American Revolution.

From the website: The Old North Church is officially known as Christ Church in the City of Boston. It was built in 1723, and is the oldest standing church building in Boston. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman's loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North its silver that was used at services and a bible.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about The Old North Church ~ Christ Church in the City of Boston. The inside of the church is beautiful, filled with rows of box pews, like the churches in Colonial Williamsburg. Each family had a box, and would sit in there, with all of their things. In the winter, they could bring hot coals or water bottles to help them keep warm. So different from today.

The church is a beautiful place to visit, thick with history and interesting details. You must see if for yourself when you are on the Freedom Trail in Boston! 

Test your history facts!

Was Paul Revere a member of The Old North Church/Christ Church in the City of Boston?

No, indeed he was not. It was just a great place to hang lanterns! Along with some other young men, Paul was a bell ringer at the church. It is thought that that is when he noticed the amazing view from the steeple. Paul Revere was actually a member of a Congregationalist church in Boston.

The Old North Church ~ Christ Church in Boston

Address 193 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
   
Telephone (617) 523-6676, general information
Fax (617) 725-0559
 
Open Daily January–February, 10am–4pm, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun
March–May, 9am–5pm
June–October, 9am–6pm
November–December, 9am–5pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
 
Sunday Service 9am and 11am