In October 2017, my husband and I took a trip to see the leaves change in the Boston area. Believe it or not, I had never visited Boston, and high up on my list was taking in all the sites connected to Paul Revere.
There are several sites around Boston where you can walk in the footsteps of one of the most important figures in American History. Just in case the details are fuzzy in your brain, here’s a little recap:
In 1774, and the spring of 1775, Paul Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of important documents as far away as New York and Philadelphia.
On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was given the task of riding to Lexington, Massachusetts, with the news that regular troops were about to march into the countryside northwest of Boston, and probably continuing on to the town of Concord, to capture or destroy military stores — gunpowder, ammunition, and several cannon — that had been stockpiled there.
Revere instructed a friend to show two lanterns in the tower of Christ Church, now called the Old North Church, as a signal in case Revere was unable to leave town. The two lanterns meant that the British troops planned to row “by sea” across the Charles River to Cambridge, rather than march “by land” out Boston Neck.
After informing Colonel Conant and other local Sons of Liberty about recent events in Boston and verifying that they had seen his signals in the North Church tower, Revere borrowed a horse and set off.
There are a number of places you will want to visit, in order to truly revere Paul Revere!
- The Paul Revere House is a great place to start, and after touring downtown Boston’s oldest building, you can follow The Freedom Trail which is a 2.5 mile walk leading you through sixteen historic sites in Boston.
- Along the Freedom Trail, you will find yourself at the Old North Church where two lanterns near the windows were hung. This signal, from the tallest structure in the town of Boston, served as an early warning that a detachment of the British Army was crossing the Charles River and heading west towards the towns of Lexington and Concord. By the end of the next night, the American Revolutionary War had begun.
- I highly encourage y’all to make a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, as part of your efforts to revere Paul Revere! A world-class museum, housing priceless works of art, including rare and important pieces of silver made by Paul Revere himself.
Other Boston tips: We stayed at the XV Beacon Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel in Beacon Hill, and steps away from the famed Boston Common. When the staff learned that the reason for our stay was my Birthday, they upgraded us to a junior suite, complete with an en suite fireplace! So dreamy!
Dining in Boston: I could write a million Blog posts on this subject, but we completely enjoyed The Daily Catch North End, which is the original location. Really hard to get in, but 100% worth the wait, as the linguini and clams was the best I have ever tasted!!!
Make plans to revere Paul Revere…and enjoy the rich American History in Boston!