Old North Church, Boston

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    Old North Church Gardens

    by nicolaitan Written Feb 8, 2015

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    The Old North Church is part of a complex including several gardens and the obligatory statue of Paul Revere. Included gardens include a fountain and several discrete gardens for rest, meditation, and contemplation according to church literature. A small chapel and statue of St. Francis of Assissi were created for Italian immigrants.

    The Old North Church Memorial Garden is comprised of a dog tag without identification and name, one for each soldier who lost life in the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Nobody seemed to stop at any of these small gardens which did not appear to be in the best of repair.

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    Old North Church

    by nicolaitan Updated Feb 8, 2015

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    Officially the Christ Church of the City of Boston, this Episcopal Church is the oldest in Boston, built in 1723 with the tallest steeple in the city at 191 feet at the time. The eight bells were made in England and are the oldest functioning church bells in the United States (1744). Many of the pews are orginal as is the clock. The steeple and the bells have been reconstructed several times.

    As immortalized by the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem written 80 years later, not as tribute but as an encouragement for young men to join the Union Army to fight in the Civil War, the The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and the phrases "one of by land, two if by sea" and "the redcoats are coming" became staples of Amercan history and grammar school education. Too bad that the poem tweaks the real history of this pivotal event, termed creative alateration.

    On the night of April 18 1775 British general Thomas Gage sent 700 soldiers to capture arms and ammunition in the town of Concord. To notify the colonist forces of the path taken by the British, silversmith Paul Revere ordered the church sexton Robert Newman and a friend to ascent the steeple and send signals by lantern to about thirty riders on the far side of the harbor in Charlestown who then rode through the night to spread the alarm. One if by land, two if by sea. Paul Revere did not ascend the steeple, he was not even a member of the church congregation. He did set out for Concord and Lexington on a borrowed horse an hour later but by the time he arrived, his warnings were old news as the many other riders had preceded him. He never even made it to Concord. When the British arrived the next morning, they did not find a sleeping village but a large force of armed colonists waiting for them. And so - the first rifle shots of the American Revolution, the "shot heard round the world".

    Perhaps the greatest irony is the choice of church for the colonist cause. It was the most loyal of churches to British rule and the church of General Gage himself. As for its role in the poem by the rabid abolitionist Longfellow, it is of note that the second level of seating was for servants, slaves, and free blacks.

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    Historic Church in Paul Revere Mall

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 9, 2014

    This Historic Church is located in North End at 193 Salem Street and is accesible via walking from Faneuil Hall (if you are fond of walking) or via the nearest Bus Trolley Stop in North End if taking the Bus Trolley Hop On Hop Off tour. The church is situated just in front of the Paul Revere Mall (Beside Hull Street), which is the large Bronze statue of the Boston Patriot Paul Revere and the park around it. The Old North Church is an Episcopalian Church Called Christ Church and is where the famous "One if by land, and two if by sea" signal is said to have been sent Before the Battle of Lexington and Concord during the famous Paul Revere Ride.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admission is free

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    History, history, history!

    by garridogal Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    Whatever reason you may have for travelling to Boston you can't deny all the historical significance of this city. One of the best spots to find many historical sites is the city's oldest neighborhood, The North End.

    The Old North Church is fascinating not just for it's significance in the founding of our nation but its pristine and well presevered white walls and boxed in pews with thier name tags are well worth checking out.

    Find the statue, see the steeple The church and streets around it Which one are you? As tempting as it was, I didn't jump in
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    Old North Church

    by antistar Written May 26, 2013

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    The Old North Church is not just Boston's oldest, but the site of another major event in Boston's history. The statue of Paul Revere on the approach should give you a clue, but Old North Church was involved in the "The Midnight Ride" to warn that the "British are coming". Immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, taught to every American school child, the church had two lanterns to display in its bell tower, to warn nearby Charlestown of British troop movements - "One if by land, and two if by sea".

    The church remains an important landmark in Boston and American history, with the likes of President Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth II making speeches here to celebrate the freedom that this church helped bring to this country.

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    One if by land, two if by sea

    by mikey_e Written Apr 21, 2009

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    Old North Church is famous not because of its architecture or its age, but because of the use of its bell-tower. On April 18, 1775, Revere instructed two men to hang two lanterns in the bell-tower as a warning for the rebels farther afield in Charlestown (across the Charles River from North End). The famous saying “one if by land, two if by sea” refers to this incident, as the two lanterns indicated that the British regulars were planning to cross the Charles by boat in a surprise attack. It immediate preceded the Battle on Lexington Green, one of the opening incidences of the Revolutionary War. Old North Church (the building) dates from 1723 and was inspired by Christopher Wren’s works in London. The church’s steeple was damaged in a fire and rebuilt in 1804, only to be damaged again by a Hurricane in 1954. The interior is a very much inspired by English Anglican churches, or so I’m told – I was there on Good Friday and visiting hours weren’t quite regular (you can’t really take snap shots during Mass).

    The famed steeple of Old North Church The Chapel of the Old North Church The Steeple Entrance to the Old North Church The passageway between the Church and the Chapel
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    Old North is the Famous one

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The Old North Church is the history of Paul Revere riding to alert people of the British if they were coming by land or sea, then then they were to light lanterns either one or two. That was 4-18-1775. The real story is he really was on the other side of the Charles River and there was not sea they were looking for the British to enter. It was built in 1723, and the walls are thick; two feet. The steeple is 191 feet high. it was blown away twice, in 1804 and 1954, but the same eight bells still ring from when molded in 1744.
    The people had paid for boothes in order to keep warm and even brought in small warmer pots with hot rocks in the winter to put in the boothes.

    View from the View from Hull St by Copps Graveyard Sign from Paul Revere Mall Inside the church Organ pipes canopy
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    North Church

    by apbeaches Written Jul 15, 2008

    The Old North Church was built in 1723, and is the oldest standing church building in Boston. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman's loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North its silver that was used at services and a bible.

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    Pray for the animals

    by donpaul77 Updated Jun 23, 2008

    Animal lovers should take a few moments to meditate in St. Francis of Assisisi garden. it's a tiny little courtyard behind the Old North Church.

    While you are visiting the Old North Church, you should make some time to walk through the Paul Revere Mall (park) just behind. I love the feel of this place. It's not sheltered, but it's peaceful in its own way.

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    Freedom Trail, The Importance Of Old North Church

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 8, 2008

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    We were in a guided group when we visited Christ Church and would recommend all visitors to join a group, otherwise you will miss out on most of the history of this church and the role it played in the journey for Independence.

    The Church itself is well worth a visit but when you learn the role it played in creating history you will appreciate it more. It was from here that Paul Revere made his famous ride in April 1775 to warn residents of the approach of the British Force. The two lanterns were hung from the church indicating the British had chosen the sea route for there approach on Lexington.

    The Church was built in 1773 and is in outstanding condition, the highlights being the towering white spire and the magnificent organ. Church services are regularly conducted and times are available from the web page detailed below.

    The Spire - Old North Church Inside The Church The Magnificent Organ Plaque Christ Church Seating Within The Church - Family Boxes
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    Freedom Trail - Old North Church

    by donforse Written Jan 18, 2008

    Like most places in Boston, you will enjoy the Church if you like history. Basic tours are available, as well as "Behind the Scenes" tours which offer a more in-depth view of the church and its history.

    You can also get tickets to "Paul Revere Tonight!" From the Church website:

    "Paul Revere Tonight! stars David Conner as Paul Revere and recounts Revere's life in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Boston. He describes Revere's youth in the North End, his first affiliation with Old North as a teenage bell ringer, and sets the record straight concerning his midnight ride."

    Tons of additional information is available on the church website (see below).

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    The Old North Church

    by Paul2001 Updated Sep 14, 2007

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    Historically, the Old North Church, played a role of no equal in America's past. It was here on April 18, 1775, that the sexton hung two lanterns signally that the British had chosen the sea route in their march on Lexington and Concord. And off went Paul Revere on his famous ride.
    The church itself is the oldest in Boston. It was built in 1723 and it's most famous feature is the 175 foot steeple from which the lanterns were actually hung. It is an atmospheric old church with boxed pews that parishioners had to purchase. It is also still active and there are services here every Sunday at 9am and 11am.
    The Old North Church is open for visitors from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. On the weekends it closes at 5pm.

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    Old North Church

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    Most famous for the night in of April 18, 1775, when two lights were hung from the bell tower to signify the British advance by boat over the Charles River (aka "by sea"), leading to Paul Revere's midnight ride.

    The church itself was constructed from 1723 to 1745, when the steeple was completed. The most unique features of the church are the tall "box pews" enclosing each seating area to keep the parishioners warm. The original window where the lanterns were hung in 1775 was covered by brick for 170 years, but was recently rediscovered and is still visible. The church also houses a bust of George Washington, a unique artifact for any church.

    Old North Church (left of center) fm Charlestown As seen from Copp's Hill

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    Old North Church

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 30, 2006

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    This Episcopal church was built in 1723 and is Boston's oldest church building. The steeple is 191 feet tall, making it the tallest steeple in Boston.
    The interior high box pews and brass chandeliers, as well as the church's first clock are all original.

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    A Quiet Place

    by cruisingbug Written Mar 31, 2006

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    Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown sits the Old North Church, stop #13 on the Freedom Trail. Actually, we thought we were heading right for the church and hubby walked across the street to get a picture but it turned out that was a different church that you first walk toward and use the crosswalk in front of in order to head toward Old North. There is a statue of Paul Revere riding away from Old North - just keep following the red line.

    It is here that Robert Newman hung the two lanterns to warn of the British approach by sea. Inside are family pews - you can wander around and read the names on each - and a staff person is available to answer any questions. We spent a bit of time here as our baby daughter was hungry and the pews were nice and private.

    As most of the other buildings along the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church is still an active part of life, as an Episcopal church.

    Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church, Boston
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