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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)
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Ranked #24 of 311 things to do in Boston
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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!”
Saranac Lake, New York
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“must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was the best stop we made. He was full of great knowledge and eager to share it. It was a informative and refreshing stop to listen to him and one peace of information led to another. A real must see. They ask only a dollar donation per person. A great deal. I stongly recommend. His knowledge went far beyond printing.

Visited October 2012
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Branson, MO
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Worth the time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

They printed us a copy of the Declaration of Independence, on their authentic antique printing press.

Visited September 2012
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Printing from 1700s”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Being a printer myself, I found it very interesting how they would set the type into the forme and actually press onto the sheet to printing, taking two guys all day to print 2000 sheets of one story. He was astounded when I told him we now print newspapers in full colour at 86000 copies an hour. Brilliant

Visited October 2012
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London, Canada
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“Wonderful Step Back In Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a must-see destination on your Freedom Trail trek. The proprietor is a passionate and knowledgeable historian and the period clothing and equipment are fascinating. Don't forget to pick up a freshly printed copy of the Declaration of Independence!

Visited September 2012
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Richmond, VA
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“Printer's paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Experience printing in all its inky glory. Print master, Gary Gregory, does it old school with a letterpress he obtained from Yorktown, VA. He received specialized training in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and is the first printer in 200+ years to print the Boston version of the Declaration of Independence in this manner. He sells copies of this and other printed items across the hall in the gift shop (very reasonably priced too, I might add). Gary is a font of knowledge -- ask him about items in the shop, including the "Join or Die" illustration, or the origins of "uppercase" and "lowercase." He can tell you about both, and more! My husband is in the commercial printing business and was in heaven at Edes & Gill. But even if your only experience with printing has been reading a book or a newspaper, you must stop at this little gem!

Visited October 2012
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