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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
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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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The printing office shares a building with Captain Jackson's Chocolate Shop. Easy to find, walk towards the Old North Church from the Revere Statue, and you will see the shops in... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The printing office shares a building with Captain Jackson's Chocolate Shop. Easy to find, walk towards the Old North Church from the Revere Statue, and you will see the shops in the brick building to the left of the church. A stop here will not take long, maybe 20 minutes, but it is well worth a visit for a real... More 

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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled in this place. We were heading to the North Church and saw a sign about printing the Declaration of Independence. So, we went in to check it out. The inside is very small/tight. Only about 10 or so people can be in there at a time. The lady that gave the overview was very good and brief in... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The man who runs this place is a total geek for history and our country's founding documents. It was fun to watch him as he pressed new copies of the Declaration of Independence on an historic machine using the same font (he had a guy create the pieces to exactly match the original) and the same paper as the original... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome demonstration of the 18th printing process! Very knowledgeable guides. I try to stop there every time I am in the North End. You will love it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent little gem tucked behind the Old North Church - they have a 18th century printing press and do historic demonstrations. They have the press set up to do copies of the Declaration of Independence version that was originally printed in Massachusetts and makes a great souvenir! The docent (Michelle) gave a great presentation and my teenage nieces were engrossed!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two side by side very nice short demonstration of the printing process and chocolate making. My 4 year old enjoyed watching and tasting the chocolate. My husband and I were interested in the printing demonstration. They sell the actual prints, which were very reasonably priced. Overall, it was a perfect pit stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the live demonstration of the printing press printing the Declaration of Independence! Definitely worth a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Old North Church, we found this little gem of a print shop next to an equally lovely, historic chocolate shop. A docent, in revolutionary period garb, gave a fun and informative demonstration on using an old printing press to print the Declaration of Independence--noting why we need to mind our P's and Q's. For anyone visiting the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get about a 5 minute demonstration of how an old printing press worked - see the printing of the Declaration of Independence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walking the Freedom Trail we spied this little gem. One side of shop is an old fashioned printing press. The gentleman is dressed in costume & plays the character beautifully. After the fantastic lesson we strolled into the chocolate shop & learned about colonial cocoa sipping and even had a sampler. Don't miss this place!

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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.