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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
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Ranked #15 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, will opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2011, We are open daily 11:30 to 5pmLocated along the Freedom Trail at the historic Clough House, which is owned by and conveniently located adjacent to Old North Church.With the opening of the colonial print shop on April 15, visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. These same printers were at the vanguard of citizen angst over British governmental policies that Bostonians felt violated their rights as Englishmen.We offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing. As Boston’s only colonial trade experience and only colonial living history interpretive experience, our historic equipment, live demonstrations, interpreters and historic settings enable new levels of understanding how colonial printing affected communities and sparked a revolution in America.We seek to recreate this experience for visitors and school groups to Boston’s Freedom Trail and to rekindle the spirit of Samuel Adams who urged fellow citizens to join this “animating contest of Liberty!”

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Seems to be nice place, but it's small and crowded so we spend only a few minutes there. Was a nice stop anyway.

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Printing is in my blood! I have been working in the printing industry for over 40-years working for some of the worlds largest printing companys at Boston locations. This is the way printing started at the time, I love this stuff. A company I used to work for still has its origional shop in NY-started 1775. This place is very... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We wandered into the Printing Office of Edes & Gill as we strolled through the area... didn't even know it was there. What a great experience! The young man tending the shop was entertaining, extremely friendly, and obviously passionate about our country's history. I had no intention of purchasing anything, but after watching him prepare and print a copy of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I learnt more on this free visit about American Independence History than the rest of the Freedom trail put together! The Staff (in costume) are incredibly enthusiastic, and know history in detail and were very friendly. The printmaker was very interested in visitors views and questions and had made time for everyone, and had an answer for everything (in a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

If you are a lover of art you will love this, I saw the way printing was done the old fashion way and it still gets used now. The person will show you around and answer your questions and show you how printing was done. I enjoyed the history that was told. Great place. Was there in 2011 November.

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Kentucky
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30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We just stopped in here because my daughter saw a chocolate shop in the same building. The printer gave a wonderful explanation and demonstration of how the newspapers and the famous Boston Massacre print were made. It gave you a whole new appreciation of the work that it took, plus of the importance of the print in creating support for... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I go once a month to buy weird Boston gifts for nerdy friends of mine. They always rave about it, so either the gifts are as fabulous as the reviews are, or my friends are pretending. (DEFINITELY THE FORMER, because i have mean friends.)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was such an interesting stop. The owner I'd obviously passionate and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this place.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

While walking on the freedom trail we dropped by (after going to the chocolate shop our true destination) and found this to be very interesting. The printer was very knowledgeable and very engaging. Definitely worth dropping by. (There is no fee although you can buy things and/or make a donation.)

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United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lovely shop with a beautiful printing press and welcoming, knowledgable employees. How wonderful to watch a printing press in action. Truly living history.

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