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“A must see on the freedom trail”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #20 of 392 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!”
Red Bank, New Jersey
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“A must see on the freedom trail”
Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

This was a great experience to actually see the declaration made the way it was in 1776. A great demonstration and knowledgable printer!

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Ft. Worth, TX
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“Awesome and informative”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

We watched the first reprinting of the Massachusetts announcement of the Declaration of Independence using the exact same style equipment, methods, paper as was used in July 1776. Very much worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Not only are the people who work here well informed and enthusiastic about revolutionary history- but the printing press itself is a sight. This is one place on/near the freedom trail where a historical craft is being practiced in a historic building- something you currently can't see anywhere else in town.

And remember kids, it's free (though they do appreciate donations)

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic experience with a real historian”
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.

Visited July 2012
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Philly Pa
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“Little known but GREAT historical tour!”
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!

Visited July 2012
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