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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing...

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!”

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What a great place! The owner is very knowledgeable and the demonstration of the printing of the Declaration of Independence is wonderful. A must-see!

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place! The owner is very knowledgeable and the demonstration of the printing of the Declaration of Independence is wonderful. A must-see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

What a gem in the heart of the north end. Don't miss this! We watched as the printer pressed the Declaration of Independence.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We just stumbled upon the printing press and were so impressed with the worker we talked to. It was wonderful to hear the history of the printing of the Declaration of Independence from a Boston standpoint. Well worth it and so easy to find!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Unexpected shop to find out more about traditional printing and traditional chocolate making. Explanations are great. The kids loved it ! Adults too !

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Jarvis, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

A step back in time! The printer was very knowledgeable and explain ever aspect of the printing press from the inking with sift leather balls to the tiny letters that were set to make the script. He actually set a print and made a copy for us to purchase

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Quite interesting to see how printing was done a couple hundred years ago and more. Very informative and fun stop along the Freedom Trail. Must see for history buffs.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This would be a great stop for people with kids under 12, they walk you through the press process with reenactments.

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Coventry, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I had read a couple good reviews of this stop along the Freedom Trail before going out to the North End. So my wife and I decided to poke our heads in. We were warmly greeted by a friendly, talented artisan who showed us the rare and historic fixtures in his humble print shop. He engaged his guests and stuck... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The staff was fantastic. The owner was so gracious in sharing his passion with my son & me. It was a fascinating education. We were given the opportunity to operate the press and take home the document we printed. Highly recommended!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

On our return from the Old North Church, came across this hidden gem. My father's family were printers and catching this exhibit was a fascinating glimpse into the past and a family legacy. The office has a working, manual, typeset press in addition to 2 smaller drum presses. One of the drum presses is period, the other is a more... More 

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