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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
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Ranked #16 of 210 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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!” « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My mother and I were walking the Freedom Trail when we happened upon this print shop (attached to a chocolate shop!) right near the Old North Church. We arrived just in time to catch a print demonstration and historic talk, which was wonderful! The young gentlemen speaking about printing and the history of the shop was obviously very passionate and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

There's nothing like living history, or a history teacher alive with passion! The work done here is a real labor of love. The staff are generous with their knowledge and their time. The story of our nation's birth becomes palpable as history lessons blend seamlessly with demonstrations of the printing process that gave us the Declaration of Independence. To witness... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A quick but fantastic stop on the freedom trail. Great for kids. Kids helped print their own copy of the Declaration.

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Walnut Creek, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Loved the handy location to the Old North Church, the helpful docents demoing and explaining the process, the real-life importance of the site, and the pairing with the chocolate shop next door! :) Do stop in!

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NW Chicago Suburbs, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A nice little stop on the Freedom Trail. Young docents dressed in period clothing explained the printing process and make it seem authentic. There's a small shop adjacent with samples of chocolate and a few gifts for sale. You'll learn about the paper they used and how they laboriously printed each copy of the Declaration of Independence. Well done -... More

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Printing Office is a tiny shop with big history. Persons dressed in period costumes explain and demonstrate the Colonial printing process that was so important to the American Revolution. Great resource and fun attration.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was so interesting to see the demonstration of how printing was done in the 1700's. The presenter spent a lot of time explaining the details, showing us the mechanics. He also told a fascinating story as to how he was able to track down a, previously lost, original Boston version of the Declaration of Independence and re-create it. You... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We almost missed this cute little print shop, but I'm so glad I read a guidebook that told us to check it out. Seeing the work involved in printing a newspaper back in the day gives me new appreciation for the patriots and their dedication to freedom.

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Lexington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My boys (9 and 11) can remember how old a boy is when he may become a printer's apprentice and how many years he must serve. They can explain why the apprentice never touched the actual paper and why the shorter ones were at a disadvantage. They can image the labor required to set type for a single, printed page... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This little shop is a true hidden gem. The printing press is simply incredible. The staff amazing. And you are right near the most delicious chocolate!

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