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“Printing from 1700s”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #22 of 394 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!”
Warrington, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Printing from 1700s”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Being a printer myself, I found it very interesting how they would set the type into the forme and actually press onto the sheet to printing, taking two guys all day to print 2000 sheets of one story. He was astounded when I told him we now print newspapers in full colour at 86000 copies an hour. Brilliant

Visited October 2012
2 Thank JamieLowdon
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“Wonderful Step Back In Time”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a must-see destination on your Freedom Trail trek. The proprietor is a passionate and knowledgeable historian and the period clothing and equipment are fascinating. Don't forget to pick up a freshly printed copy of the Declaration of Independence!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Educating_Mom
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Richmond, VA
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7 reviews
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“Printer's paradise”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Experience printing in all its inky glory. Print master, Gary Gregory, does it old school with a letterpress he obtained from Yorktown, VA. He received specialized training in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and is the first printer in 200+ years to print the Boston version of the Declaration of Independence in this manner. He sells copies of this and other printed items across the hall in the gift shop (very reasonably priced too, I might add). Gary is a font of knowledge -- ask him about items in the shop, including the "Join or Die" illustration, or the origins of "uppercase" and "lowercase." He can tell you about both, and more! My husband is in the commercial printing business and was in heaven at Edes & Gill. But even if your only experience with printing has been reading a book or a newspaper, you must stop at this little gem!

Visited October 2012
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Fresno, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Great Find!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We happened upon the printing shop while touring the Freedom Trail in Boston. It was truly an amazing experience to see the Declaration of Independence printed as it was when it was first issued to the thirteen colonies! If you are going to do the Freedeom Trail, or just wander through Boston, this is a must see and well worth the visit.

Visited September 2012
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Spend some time here; you'll love it!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

As we walked the Freedom Trail, we stumbled onto this attraction. It was a wonderful experience. We stayed over half an hour becuase our guide was so knowledgeable and the information he shared was great. It was as if we were talking to an educated person from 1776 as we learned about the goings on then as well as information about the printing press and the type setting, printing money, period politics. Highly recommend visiting the Print Shop. visit their website for directions: www.bostongazette.org

Visited September 2012
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