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Old North Church

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Address: 193 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113
Phone Number: 617-523-6676
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Description: The signal from the steeple of Boston's oldest church triggered the War...
The signal from the steeple of Boston's oldest church triggered the War for Independence that led to the birth of America. On that fateful night in 1775, the two lanterns in the steeple told Paul Revere that the British were approaching by boat, not on foot.
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A MUST-See

One if by land, two if by sea, wrote Emerson. The well-explained church and its history and legends put you right in the heart of history. And it's just a short walk to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

One if by land, two if by sea, wrote Emerson. The well-explained church and its history and legends put you right in the heart of history. And it's just a short walk to the famed Copp's Hill Burial Ground whose headstones served as target practice for British troops across the bay in Charlestown. Refresh yourself with the homemade pastries and... More 

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Argyle, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Walking in the foot steps and getting the explanation of how the ride of Paul Revere was begun, proceeded, and ultimately ended. The explanation of how the new Interstate Highway and removal of the blighted interstate was accomplished. The history of Boston, is very interesting. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a rare privilege to worship in a venue that has such an important place in our country's history, where the lanterns were hung to alert the colonists that the British were coming. One can even sit in named pews, in our case, that of British general Gage. The silver used for Communion were gifts to the church from... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

And that is how Paul Riviere got his signal and...the rest is in the history books.Small church but very interesting in addition to eavesdropping local guides stories.Revere statue sometimes dressed in Red Sox uniforms.Problem with the toilets though, unless friendly staff at nearby fire station let you use WC. Gosh, give them an opportunity to check out the girls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The history and architecture alone are worth visiting this site - on the Freedom trail and open to view at your own pace. Be aware that many sites in Boston have short hours, open late and close early.

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Putney, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I have brought 8th graders to The Old North Church for the last four years, and they say it is one of their favorite stops on the Freedom Trail. Go into the bell tower! And learn about the amazing bells housed there.

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Great piece of historic Boston. Nice visit to make to see how some of the colonial habits took hold in church setting as far as reserved boxes and locations within the church. Fantastic building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Low key and free (donation appreciated). Hey, if Paul Revere and the gang were here, it's worth the trip.

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Nashville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I would definitely visit this church again, maybe next time, during services that are still held there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I make a point of exploring places of worship in all the old city I visit, they seem to be key components in a cities history. This church is beautiful and unique in so many ways. We where fortunate to catch a free tour.

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