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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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Insight into the early days of American life

Great insight into the life and professions of our ancestors. The "workers" in the print shop are knowledgable and engaging. Well worth the stop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great insight into the life and professions of our ancestors. The "workers" in the print shop are knowledgable and engaging. Well worth the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Worth the visit because of the passionate gentleman explaining the workings of the printing press. He is dressed in period costume and very knowledgeable about the printing methods of the time. It also happens to be his devoted hobby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Amazing how many copies are hand made and then comparing it to what can be made in the same amount of time today. Plus so much strength is needed to work the press back them whule it is automated today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Stopped during our Boston Pizza Tour. I grew up in Boston and had to no idea about this place (think it is relatively new). Very informative on old printing ways and explaining where many terms came from (upper and lower case, out of sorts). They print the Boston edition of the Declaration of Independence that you can purchase on the... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The Printing Office of Edes and Gill was a great little find on the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA. This is a great piece of living history. When you walk into the shop you are transported back in time. The proprietor was very knowledgable and entertaining. Great trip for families interested in history and wanting to find something different.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

What a delightful discovery! We stumbled upon this little gem on our recent Freedom Trail walk. I've been to Boston many times and done the Freedom Trail many times, but have never seen this little shop. It's just before you get to the Old North Church, but past the Paul Revere Statue. It's off to the left in the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

When walking the Freedom Trail, by the Old North Church, we came across The Printing Office of Edes & Gill. What an amazing little place! I watched and listened in awe as a copy of the Boston edition of the Declaration of Independence was being printed by hand. The gentleman, dressed in era clothing explained how painstaking printing was at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Must see - Well worth a visit, thoroughly enjoyed. An very interesting overview of the history of printing of the period in Boston, Excellent presentation delivered with knowledge and passion from Michelle ably assisted by Joe(hope I have the names correct) , Michelle.. Broadway beckons!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is actually two stops, the press and the chocolate shop. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes, but they have two good demonstrations of colonial life. While both shops are selling, I did not think they were pushy about that at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Everything you wanted to know about printing in Boston, printing in the Revolutionary period, and just printing in general is here. Not only are the printers in costume and able to give a performance filled w/ facts, entertainment, and history, but they are excellent speakers, guides, or, yes, I'll say it: performers! They know how to talk to a group... More 

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston

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