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“Fantastic experience with a real historian”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #14 of 413 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!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Too often "history" is related by people who know little to nothing about what they are describing. this is not the case in the "Print Shop." Gary Gregory knows the history of printing as well as the history of 18th century Boston/Massachusetts.

Not only does he know it, he loves it. As much as you can tell he enjoys talking about the printing, when he tells historical stories he really comes to life.

I went with a small group of children (ages 8 to 14) and they were all enthralled. Each of them said visiting this shop was the highlight of their day on the Freedom Trail.

Make sure you stop by and talk full advantage of the printing demonstration, but make sure you ask Gary some questions and get an in-depth history of the role of newspapers and printing in colonial Boston.

If you can only go to one site on the freedom trail, make this the one.

Thank AlDente60745
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stopped in by chance after seeing a small sign behind the Old North Church and wanting to get somewhere with AC. We stayed over an hour. Bob Miller, the 1776 costumed printer/ historian was incredible. I learned more about the revolutionary war there than all the other tours put together. He had a great view on history, the freedoms the press took in creating the atmosphere that sparked the revolution and the real scoop on John Adams, John Hancock and the guys you never heard about that had JUST as much to do with the success of the fight for Liberty of our country! Oh and we got a great detailed lesson on how a printing office and presses work! INCREDIBLE!! A MUST SEE!

Thank happilyea
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We saw the sign near the Old North Church and checked it out. It reminded me of Colonial Williamsburg - you see and feel as well as hear the history. Bob - in period dress - enthusiastically and entertainingly told us about the history of the printing press and how it helped shape the American Revolution. He included the huge impact of some lesser known patriots. We walked the Freedom Trail to learn about the life and times of Boston during the revolution. After walking through the downtown high rise buildings, getting into the North End felt a little more authentic and this was by far the highlight! Take your time and soak it in.

Thank CoTraveler600
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

A nice young man gives an informative talk. very interesting and educational

Thank rjbutton
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Stumbled upon this gem by accident, ended up being the highlight of our trip. Run by a wonderful man who knows everything about printing and is very enthusiastic about his work. Would have stayed for hours if we could.

Thank Jen S
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