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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing...

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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MUST SEE on Freedom Trail!

From reading all the positive reviews of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill prior to my Boston trip, I knew this was one place I had to stop by on the Freedom Trail. When I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From reading all the positive reviews of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill prior to my Boston trip, I knew this was one place I had to stop by on the Freedom Trail. When I arrived at the shop early on a Sunday morning, a man was on his way out of the building when he saw me peeking... More 

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Mildenhall, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The two guys in the shop were highly entertaining and hugely knowledgeable about printing. The best tip I can give is - ask questions - get them talking and demonstrating and you will get a great response. n enjoyable 20/30 mins

Thank Boarders1954
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Simply the best stop on the freedom trail. Seeing the old printing demonstration and hearing the history of printing and how important it was to the revolution was simply amazing. Our whole family loved this stop. The demonstration of chocolate making next door was also great. Do not miss!

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If you like history and are looking to make the journey along the Freedom Trail then you have to stop in. This shop is pretty unique and is worth the visit.

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Quincy, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I have visited Edes and Gill 4 times now since they began this venture some years ago, and I never tire of going! In fact, I always wish I could stay longer! It also keeps getting better and better, as now they have added the Chocolate shop next door, and give actual demonstrations of how they made and flavored chocolate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This printing office was tucked away on a side street and I nearly missed it. It was very interesting to see the old printers and we got a demonstration on how they worked. The people showing us were dressed in custumes of the period. There was no charge in.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

The historians here have done a tremendous job of inspiring us regarding the founding of our country. The printmaker we met in 1800s garments is a real printmaker (since childhood). He understands the mechanics of it and did a great job of emphasizing the importance in regards to free speech, distribution of communique during the revolution and why the location... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We were there on Monday the 26th. The young man there obviously has a passion for printing. He told us about the wood press in the shop and how it compared to iron presses. He knowledgeably answered all our questions and regaled us with stories about how printing impacts our every day language such as "minding your p's and q's"... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This was easily my favorite stop in Boston. I absolutely loved chatting with "John Gill" and really appreciated the copy of the Declaration he let me help him copy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This is an amazing hidden gem in Boston and one everyone should see. We visited Boston with our 10 and 13 year old sons for one day. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the Freedom Trail and all the history. We came upon a sign while walking toward the Old North Church that said live printings of the Declaration of Independence and... More 

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Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.