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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113

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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If you're not at all interested in the actual printing of the Colonists Declaration of Independence, avoid this place. It's too full of up close and personal history for you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Harker Heights, Texas
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A quick stop, very interesting and the volunteers know their material. We have been on the Freedom Trail several times and yet, missed this one. Near the North Church and next to the Chocolate Store. Take time to see this one!

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Harker Heights, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're not at all interested in the actual printing of the Colonists Declaration of Independence, avoid this place. It's too full of up close and personal history for you. If, however, you are interested in the history of our country, this shop is a must. You can witness exactly what the 18th Century printers went through to print a... More 

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

quaint little shoppe. Everyone's in costume and well versed. They enjoy sharing their history and will answer any and all questions. Children are welcomed in and their curiosity is encouraged.They are famous for having one of the 3 oldest printers in the world.

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After visiting Old North Church, we jumped around the corner to go to Captain Jackson's historic chocolate shop. As we entered the door we realized the Edes & Gill printing office is on the left side and the chocolate shop is on the right. The printing office is privately owned and has one of four known printing presses, the same... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am thankful that I had read about this gem (on Tripadvisor), because it is definitely worth a visit. We had trouble finding the little "Hole in the wall" but then you go inside and have a fun learning experience (and it's free)! You see how to operate an old wooden printing press and learn about events leading up to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tiny printshop demonstration was really informative about the printing of the Declaration of Independence. Gift shop next door with a chocolate demonstration. This leads up to the Old North Church

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so glad we stopped by this tiny printing office as we made our way down Freedom Trail. It is tucked away behind the North Church, but definitely worth stopping in! My kids (age 16 and 10) and I thoroughly enjoyed learning how a printing press worked. We got an excellent education on this topic from the two people... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small facility is located in the grounds at the Old North Church. You can get a short explanation of colonial history and printing operations and watch a replica document printed on a very old press. Hand inked old lead type or engravings. We listened to two different staffers and it was more of a conversation as we asked a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a demonstration and the guide was very informative and enthusiastic. Very small space but be sure to check it out near North Church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here after the Old North Church. Small shop, but very informative! Demo was short, but we learned a lot. The man running the shop was very nice. Well worth the few minutes it took to visit! Bought a print to help support the shop. Military discount was a nice bonus!

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Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.