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“Short But Sweet!”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #20 of 392 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!”
Walnut Creek, California
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53 reviews
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“Short But Sweet!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Loved the handy location to the Old North Church, the helpful docents demoing and explaining the process, the real-life importance of the site, and the pairing with the chocolate shop next door! :) Do stop in!

Visited July 2014
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NW Chicago Suburbs, IL
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“Interesting little shop”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

A nice little stop on the Freedom Trail. Young docents dressed in period clothing explained the printing process and make it seem authentic. There's a small shop adjacent with samples of chocolate and a few gifts for sale. You'll learn about the paper they used and how they laboriously printed each copy of the Declaration of Independence. Well done - worth a stop.

Visited July 2014
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Living history”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The Printing Office is a tiny shop with big history. Persons dressed in period costumes explain and demonstrate the Colonial printing process that was so important to the American Revolution. Great resource and fun attration.

Visited October 2013
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San Francisco, California
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142 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

It was so interesting to see the demonstration of how printing was done in the 1700's. The presenter spent a lot of time explaining the details, showing us the mechanics. He also told a fascinating story as to how he was able to track down a, previously lost, original Boston version of the Declaration of Independence and re-create it. You could buy one that he re-printed for $15.

Visited August 2014
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92 reviews
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“Too Bad They Don't Print Money”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We almost missed this cute little print shop, but I'm so glad I read a guidebook that told us to check it out. Seeing the work involved in printing a newspaper back in the day gives me new appreciation for the patriots and their dedication to freedom.

Visited July 2014
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