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“Great little place to swing into during your day!”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #29 of 400 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 March 13, 2014

I stopped by with friends while exploring Boston. It's a small room, and there is a guide who talks about printing in the past, and gives a demonstration of the printing press as well. Very informative, the guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, and it was a nice little addition to a day in the city!

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Stop by the Printing office at 21 Unity Street, Boston near the Old North Church and learn about how printing was done including seeing original prints of founding father documents. See a real GUTENBERG Printing Press..the press that started it all! Learn from wonderfully hospitable guides who have done their research and can answer all your questions. So fun for the kids and adults alike! Guides are in costume and it is all FREE! Wonderful surprise and so worth your time!

Check out http://bostongazette.org/
for more information!

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a great pit stop while you're paying homage to Revere's statue in the North End and touring the Old North Church. It takes very little time, asks for a voluntary donation, and next door the chocolate shop was doing a demonstration/tasting of how colonists prepared their chocolate for consumption. It was fascinating--and tasty!

2  Thank bohemian81
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

This was an excellent demonstration and educational experience on the original printing press. The demonstrator is dressed in period clothing and he is a historian with a wealth of knowledge. He printed an exact copy of the Declaration of Independence that was issued in Boston. This is right behind the Old North Church just past the little Courtyard to the right. Don't miss it! Chocolate demonstration is right next store. That was great too!

1  Thank Lynda J
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Gary Gregory brings the art of printing to life, with a passion. He has made himself an expert on printing as it was done from Gutenberg through the 19th century. He uses a replica of a colonial press, but he also has an an antique intaglio press, the only one in the United States.

Kids would love this, since he dresses as Ben Franklin and other printers did, and he actually prints a copy of the Declaration as you watch. So will adults. But he also can tell you about Benjamin Edes and John Gill, newspaper printers in Boston who helped lead the charge for independence. It was easily the best half-hour of our three days in Boston!

1  Thank Tony R
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