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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315

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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Loved this attraction. Very informative and interesting! Great for all ages. Authentic demonstration with interesting explanation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Carlton F
Augusta, Georgia
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Nagoya, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had no idea this adorable little shop was here -- right across from a historic chocolate shop, the printing shop was a surprise tucked underneath historic Old North Church. There's a presentation of how to use the old-fashioned press given by an actor(historian?) in period-appropriate dress that results in a copy of the Boston Declaration of Independence that's done exactly... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a quick stop and worthwhile to factor in during a visit on the Freedom Trail. Great demo of the traditional print process.

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved this attraction. Very informative and interesting! Great for all ages. Authentic demonstration with interesting explanation.

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Weatherford, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have never seen how printing was done in the 18th century, this is a good place for a short visit. They young man who poses as a printer was quite informative. Ask him about his 1977 Corvette with an 8-track player!!!!

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought this was a chocolate shop, was pleasantly surprised to find the printing office. The gentleman running it was so pleasant and informative. Loved listening to him speak about the printing process, and the little side stories. Great person to stop in and visit. Of course we had to go and try the hot chocolate and we also bought some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit (yes, we are printing nerds!). There is no charge to go and see the printing press in use and the fascinating talks given by the printers are really interesting on the role printers and journalists played in the American independence journey. The small shop allows you to take home hand printed souvenirs and funds the... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This free stop (donations and a small shop supports it) was a quick view into the printing trade with the history tie in to the freedom trail. Although it takes just a few minutes it was well worth the stop. The chocolate store next door was interesting as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great learning experience with up close demonstrations of 1700s printing & chocolate making techniques! Informative, real (not hokey or touristy), and well put together. As much a highlight of the Freedom Trail as anything else along the way. Even if you aren't doing the Freedom Trail, these small shops are worth a visit! Free admission (donations accepted) & no hard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The presenters really know their history trivia and taught us the importance of written and visual communication during the American Revolution.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Printing is by an ancient, original printing press, with ink made as it was in 1776. Be sure to chat with the printer, who has the credentials to be authoritative.

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