If these walls could talk, they would certainly have much to say! Probably as much as its one-time owner, Boston’s distinguished silversmith and American Revolution Patriot, Paul Revere. Dating back to 1680, the Paul Revere House is downtown Boston’s oldest building, set on the site of the former parsonage, Second Church of Boston.
When Revere, a messenger rider and member of the Sons of Liberty, purchased the North Square two-story home in 1770, he added a third story for his growing family who he moved here from their home near Clark’s Wharf. The home was also conveniently located near his silversmith shop, just two blocks away. At that time, little did he know that on the evening of April 18, 1775, he would set out on a ride that would become a cornerstone in American Revolution history, and be immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” His mission that night was to make his way to the Lexington parsonage of Reverend Jonas Clarke to warn both John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the Regulars were out and on their way to arrest Patriot leaders and take hold of the colony’s stash of weapons and gunpowder.
After the Revolution, Revere’s business interests grew to where he became one of America’s first industrialists. By 1788, he opened a foundry where cannons, spikes, nails, and bolts were produced. Sometime after 1792, he cast bells, and it is a Revere bell that still rings today at Boston’s King’s Chapel. Then, in 1801, Revere opened North America’s first copper rolling mill where he produced the copper sheeting for the hull of the U.S.S. Constitution, as well as the magnificent dome for the Massachusetts State House in 1803.
In 1800, Paul Revere sold his home. Over the subsequent years, both the home and the neighborhood unfortunately began to deteriorate. In 1902, fearing that the house might at some point be demolished, a Revere descendent purchased the property. Shortly after, some of Revere’s family, a group of preservationists, and local officials formed the Paul Revere Memorial Association which raised enough funding to restore the home back to its original 17-century appearance. The Paul Revere House was eventually opened to the public on April 18, 1908 as a museum in memory to Paul Revere.
The Paul Revere House is included in the Freedom Trail. A small admission fee applies.Address/Contact Info
Paul Revere House
19 North Square