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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
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Ranked #17 of 214 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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I came home with a freshly printed copy of the Massachusetts version of the Declaration of Independence!

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houston tx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I read about this little shop here on TripAdvisor so I really wanted to check it out for myself and I gotta say I'm so glad I did. Every good review you read about this place pretty much is true to the "T" The presenter was dressed in past clothing and knew his history on printing. He was funny and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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

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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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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