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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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Description: 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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Such a neat bit of history

This was a nice little stop on our tour of Boston. Period-clad presenter who gave an excellent demonstration of printing the Boston issue of the Declaration of Independence... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a nice little stop on our tour of Boston. Period-clad presenter who gave an excellent demonstration of printing the Boston issue of the Declaration of Independence. Certainly worth a visit.

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Sandy, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fun place to visit and get information on printing in the revolutionary era. The old press is set u to print a Declaration of Independence

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NY, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Michele Chayka (historian/printer and apparently a part-time gown-sewer) and whoever the printer was on 8/20/15 discussed the printing trade and colonial history at length. They seemed completely knowledgeable of their subjects and eager to interpret history as accurately as possible, instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator or political correctness. Michele's analysis of the so-called "Boston Massacre" was especially... More 

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Tucker, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

So much fun! The gentleman at the press knows his history so well that he truly brings it to life. Really enjoyed seeing how a colonial era press works

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york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

During our stay in Boston, we, like so many others, walked the Freedom Trail and visited this having read good reviews on this site. You won't be here long but it is really worth a stop. It is totally free and the enthusiastic staff take on the roles of authentic printers of the time telling the story of how early... More 

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Lake Butler, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I can honestly say that this is the most surprising stop I made today. You could tell that Taylor loves what he does; his knowledge of 18th and 19th century printing is exceptional and he gets you interested in it as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I took my 8 and 11 year old nephews to Boston. We saw the Patriots and the Red Sox of whom they are both huge fans, and this little shop was all they could talk about as we drove home from the weekend. If you are looking for something really fun and informative to do for kids, I could not... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a must see! My husband and I decided to walk the Freedom trail and ran across this place by accident. Joe was in the shop and was giving a lecture about printing in Colonia days. He was awesome loved his enthusiasm! He was very knowledgable and was fun. We bought the copy of the Declaration that he had... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The proprietor was so informative. He answered so many questions from our kids and the adults. Go and learn about the printing press and stay awhile. You wont' regret it.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is not really a printing museum (which is what I was expecting), although there is an operational wooden printing press. It is really about one aspect of the American Revolution. The guides were very familiar with the material, and able to enter into an intelligent discussion about the broader context of the historical events and important issues, many of... More 

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