The Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House The Paul Revere House: owned & operated by the Paul Revere Memorial Association since 1908. Visit us on the web @ www.paulreverehouse.org.

Open Daily April 15 - October 31 - 9:30 am to 5:15 pm November 1 - April 14 - 9:30 am to 4:15 pm Closed on Mondays in January, February and March. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The average visit is 30 - 45 minutes depending on the time of year. There are no public telephones on the site.

Congratulations to the Paul Revere Chapter, NSDAR who began celebrating their 125th anniversary last weekend! Our Execut...
05/10/2019

Congratulations to the Paul Revere Chapter, NSDAR who began celebrating their 125th anniversary last weekend! Our Executive Dir., Nina, was honored to help mark the occasion.

May 10th is always both a celebratory and a somber day for us as we mark the anniversary of Paul Revere's death, 201 yea...
05/10/2019

May 10th is always both a celebratory and a somber day for us as we mark the anniversary of Paul Revere's death, 201 years ago today!

Celebrating the 244th anniversary of Paul Revere’s #MidnightRide in our #KTRA2019 shirts thanks to the Dilenschneider ...
04/18/2019

Celebrating the 244th anniversary of Paul Revere’s #MidnightRide in our #KTRA2019 shirts thanks to the Dilenschneider Clan. Extra excited to have Rachel Revere join us this year care of History At Play’s Judith Kalaora!

You can get your own #KeepTheRideAlive shirts in our gift shop while supplies last!

If you needed an excuse to visit the Royall House & Slave Quarters (you shouldn’t, it’s amazing) here is a great tie...
04/17/2019

If you needed an excuse to visit the Royall House & Slave Quarters (you shouldn’t, it’s amazing) here is a great tie into the Midnight Ride anniversary we are marking this week.

Paul Revere wrote in 1798 about his ride on the night of April 18, 1775, "In Medford, I awaked the Captain of the Minute men." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described it like this:

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

Built in 1637, the Cradock Bridge across the Mystic River, just north of the Royall estate, brought traffic and travelers, and taverns sprang up as stopping places for these travelers, the first as early as 1690.

The Royal Oak tavern at the corner of Main Street and Riverside Avenue in Medford Square opened in 1720. Its swinging sign, naming Jonathan Porter as the current landlord, displayed the British royal coat of arms. Tradition says the bullet hole at the center was made by a shot fired from the "musket of one of the Minute Men on the return of the Medford Company from Lexington" on April 19, 1775. You can see the hole about 1/4 of the way down from the top, between the faces of the lion and the unicorn.

The sign hung in the kitchen of the Royall House until the 2010 restoration of the mansion's service corridor. With grants from the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Mass Cultural Council, we have restored Porter's tavern sign to public display as part of our "Meanings of Freedom" exhibit, which explores the intertwined movements for independence from Britain and an end to slavery in Massachusetts, and their effects on the Royall estate.

We join the world community in expressing our utter sadness at today’s devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Par...
04/15/2019
Notre-Dame Basilica rings bells to honour Notre-Dame Cathedral (VIDEO)

We join the world community in expressing our utter sadness at today’s devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

One gesture of good will and solidarity we are finding very moving is the other churches around the world ringing their own bells in Notre-Dame’s honor. We think Paul Revere, caster of bells, would also find those peals most fitting.

Here we offer a link to the bells being rung in the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal:

http://bit.ly/2KUcvOz

Twitter user Simon Plourde captured the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal ringing its bells in honour of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire in Paris today.

Spring has sprung in our courtyard - just in time for Patriots Day and celebrating Paul Revere's Ride this week!
04/15/2019

Spring has sprung in our courtyard - just in time for Patriots Day and celebrating Paul Revere's Ride this week!

Happy Patriots Day! We’ll be celebrating the 244th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride all week with events but don’...
04/15/2019
Massachusetts Historical Society

Happy Patriots Day! We’ll be celebrating the 244th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride all week with events but don’t forget you can also access these amazing documents anytime from the comfort of your home via the Massachusetts Historical Society website!

Paul Revere probably prepared this draft deposition, containing an account of his ride to Lexington on 18-19 April, in 1775, at the request of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. To prove that the British had fired the first shot at Lexington Green, the Congress solicited depositions from eyewitnesses in 1775. The draft deposition was the basis for a clean and corrected copy and contains many deletions and corrections, as well as a note at the bottom of the first page indicating that Samuel Prescott successfully evaded capture by the British soldiers and reached Concord.

Sometimes when you take pictures from above, the Paul Revere House looks like a miniature! 🙃
04/10/2019

Sometimes when you take pictures from above, the Paul Revere House looks like a miniature! 🙃

Congratulations to our own Nina Zannieri and all of her fellow nominees for the Commonwealth Awards given out by the Mas...
04/08/2019

Congratulations to our own Nina Zannieri and all of her fellow nominees for the Commonwealth Awards given out by the Mass Cultural Council at WBUR CitySpace today. Biggest congrats to the winners: Boston String Academy, Mass Audubon, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, & The Care Center at Holyoke. You are all doing amazing work to contribute to our Commonwealth and show the #powerofculture every day!

#freedomtrail tourists come in all shapes and sizes!
04/05/2019

#freedomtrail tourists come in all shapes and sizes!

Some critters just can't wait to begin touring Boston's Trails to Freedom, like this inquisitive turkey in the North End.

When someone yells "Hey! Look at the turkey on the Freedom Trail" I always thought they were talking about me!

Image courtesy of universalhub.com

#BOSTWildlife #FreedomTrail

Did you know Boston has an official City Archaeologist? Come meet Joe Bagley today between 1:00 and 3:00 and pick up a c...
03/30/2019

Did you know Boston has an official City Archaeologist? Come meet Joe Bagley today between 1:00 and 3:00 and pick up a copy of his book.

We’re excited to color this in! Thought you all might enjoy it too. 🙂
03/20/2019

We’re excited to color this in! Thought you all might enjoy it too. 🙂

You might have noticed that the basement of Faneuil Hall has some new decorations on the wall. We've taken those images and turned them into a coloring page with all our friends from the Freedom Trail. Feel free to download it and color at home or stop by the Find Your Park space and create a masterpiece there!

Just when we were feeling jealous of Mount Auburn Cemetery posting snow drop pictures, we found some of our own! Enjoy t...
03/15/2019

Just when we were feeling jealous of Mount Auburn Cemetery posting snow drop pictures, we found some of our own! Enjoy this pop-of-spring!

Mother Nature is adding to someone’s snow sculpture today, but the Revere House will remain open (until 4:15) despite ...
03/10/2019

Mother Nature is adding to someone’s snow sculpture today, but the Revere House will remain open (until 4:15) despite whatever snow or sleet or rain comes our way!

Word to the wise: our Pierce/Hichborn House will not be open for tours on 3/12 or 3/13 due to interior painting work. Wh...
03/09/2019

Word to the wise: our Pierce/Hichborn House will not be open for tours on 3/12 or 3/13 due to interior painting work. While we try to offer daily tours of this c. 1711 building the times vary and we always recommend calling the day of your potential visit to confirm availability.

03/07/2019
MASSCreative

We are so excited for Nina to be honored this way for the great work she continues to do at our site and in the History community in MA.

Congrats to all the finalists for the Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards! Special shoutout to our member orgs Eileen McCaffery from the Community Music School of Springfield, Elevated Thought, Fitchburg Art Museum, Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society, Nina Zannieri of the The Paul Revere House, and The Care Center!

We couldn't be happier to hear that our own Executive Director, Nina Zannieri has been nominated for a Commonwealth Awar...
03/06/2019
Mass Cultural Council | Mass Cultural Council News | Press Room

We couldn't be happier to hear that our own Executive Director, Nina Zannieri has been nominated for a Commonwealth Award from the Mass Cultural Council! It is no secret that we love Nina and firmly agree that she is the BEST. For more than 30 years she has worked tirelessly to protect, preserve, and highlight two of Boston's oldest buildings and she continues to work harder every day than anyone we know! http://bit.ly/2H4WVgc

(BOSTON, MA) — The Mass Cultural Council today announced finalists for the 2019 Commonwealth Awards, which honor exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Commonwealth Award winners will be announced at a ceremony for the finalists and their supporters Monday, April 8 at W...

We wouldn’t mind winter so much if every snow storm could occur overnight and leave just a coating of fluffy dry snow!
02/28/2019

We wouldn’t mind winter so much if every snow storm could occur overnight and leave just a coating of fluffy dry snow!

We hope you will bring your questions and creativity to our site next week (Tue & Thur 1-3 pm) for our Drop in Family Pr...
02/15/2019

We hope you will bring your questions and creativity to our site next week (Tue & Thur 1-3 pm) for our Drop in Family Programs - our Program Assistant, Adrienne, has been hard at work creating these blocks to use to reproduce our own repro block printed wallpaper! Can’t wait to see what you will do with them. 🙂

Proofs that the sun was out (briefly!) today... hope it comes back soon! Clouds have returned for now.
02/13/2019

Proofs that the sun was out (briefly!) today... hope it comes back soon! Clouds have returned for now.

Stop into the Paul Revere House this week and peruse the great deals in our Gift Shop’s Winter Clearance event! (Pleas...
02/11/2019

Stop into the Paul Revere House this week and peruse the great deals in our Gift Shop’s Winter Clearance event!

(Please note: we are open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30-4:15 in the Winter months but our Visitor Center closes at 4:00 so we recommend arriving before 3:45 in order to allow time to explore fully!)

Happy 200th anniversary of our Maria Revere Curtis sampler! Dated January 25, 1819, and made by one of Paul Revere’s g...
01/25/2019

Happy 200th anniversary of our Maria Revere Curtis sampler! Dated January 25, 1819, and made by one of Paul Revere’s great granddaughters less than a year after his death. Maria was quite likely already working on this before her great grandfather’s passing in May 1818.

For a little more context about this part of the Revere family we always turn to “The Revere Family” by Donald M. Nielsen and published by New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1991. Nielsen tells us that Paul Revere’s oldest son, Paul Revere Jr. and his wife Sally Edwards had 12 children; Sally, their third child (the second Sally) and eldest to live to adulthood, married David Curtis at the age of 20 in 1806. Sally and David’s union produced 10 children, and their first child, Maria, born in 1807, was only 6 years old when her grandfather, Paul, Jr. died of consumption in 1813. It is quite likely that she knew her great grandfather (the now famous Paul Revere) well, perhaps he even played more of a grandfatherly role towards her and her siblings and cousins after her own grandfather died?

Maria completed this sampler at the age of 11 and sadly only lived 20 more years. She died in Boston on Sept. 12, 1838. The fact that she was unmarried and childless always makes the survival of her needlework seem even more amazing, as it must have been her many siblings, nieces, and nephews who treasured it and passed it down through the generations after her untimely death.

This Boston City Archives piece includes some great images of the aftermath of the Molasses Flood (did you know it took ...
01/15/2019
100 years ago today: Molasses crashes through Boston's North End

This Boston City Archives piece includes some great images of the aftermath of the Molasses Flood (did you know it took days for cleanup crews to realize they needed to use salt water?) as well as links to other resources. http://bit.ly/2CmC6rD

At midday on January 15, 1919, Boston's North End was full of workers and residents venturing outdoors to enjoy unseasonably warm weather. At about 1 p.m., they heard a low rumble. At first, many assumed it was a Boston Elevated train approaching. But, within minutes, they realized something was ver...

Thank you for including us in your weekend in Boston, Holly Habeck! So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Paul Revere Ho...
01/15/2019
Holly Habeck

Thank you for including us in your weekend in Boston, Holly Habeck! So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Paul Revere House. 😊

12 UNFORGETTABLE Things to Do in Boston ☺️🏙https://hollyhabeck.com/2019/01/01/things-to-do-in-boston-this-weekend/

We're talking everything from where to find the best (affordable) lobster roll in town, to how to see
thousands-of-years-old ancient mummies at one of the coolest museums in the area. Make sure you head on over & check it out to start planning your own weekend in Boston!

James Hook and Company Quincy Market Fanueil Hall Freedom Trail Foundation The Bostonian Society Visit Boston Boston, Massachusetts New England Aquarium The Paul Revere House AC Hotels by Marriott AC Hotels by Marriott Boston Downtown Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Skywalk Observatory

Don’t forget! You can join City of Boston Archaeology Program, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Land...
01/15/2019
Remembering Boston's Deadly Molasses Flood, 100 Years Later

Don’t forget! You can join City of Boston Archaeology Program, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Landmarks Commission over at Langone Park this morning at 10:30 to observe the 100th anniversary of the Molasses Flood.

https://wbur.fm/2RxVzjx

The North End flood that followed the burst of a tank killed 21 and injured dozens more on Jan. 15, 1919.

As a long time PRH staffer, I have often wondered what it was like to be at the museum the day of the Molasses Flood. Th...
01/14/2019
What people saw and felt in the first moments of Boston’s deadly Great Molasses Flood

As a long time PRH staffer, I have often wondered what it was like to be at the museum the day of the Molasses Flood. The Revere House had been a museum for over 10 years in January of 1919, and though it is quite a few blocks from the site of destruction it sat on the same street as the North End police station. Surely everyone in the area soon became aware of the emergency unfolding in the neighborhood. I wish we had some accounts written by the caretaker at the time!

Here are a few eyewitness accounts of what survivors at the scene experienced. https://www.boston.com/news/history/2019/01/13/first-hand-accounts-great-boston-molasses-flood?s_campaign=bcom%3Asocialflow%3Afacebook

“It just rolled slowly, it seemed, like the side of a mountain falling into space.”

Want to know more about the Molasses Flood? We always recommend Stephen Puleo’s fabulous book, Dark Tide! But for a TL...
01/11/2019
The Great Molasses Flood of 1919: The day Boston was swamped by a deadly wave - The Boston Globe

Want to know more about the Molasses Flood? We always recommend Stephen Puleo’s fabulous book, Dark Tide! But for a TL;DR version check out this great The Boston Globe Magazine article and then see Stephen at one of his many upcoming talks at the Boston Public Library and/or Old South Meeting House. http://bit.ly/2RnnFxK

100 years ago this month an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

The great folks of City of Boston Archaeology Program and Boston Parks and Recreation Department need our assistance nex...
01/10/2019

The great folks of City of Boston Archaeology Program and Boston Parks and Recreation Department need our assistance next Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Molasses Tank explosion in what is now Langone Park here in the North End. Will you help make a human circle?

In honor of 100th anniversary of the event known as Boston’s Great Molasses Flood, we will be holding a brief public event on the site of the disaster this coming Tuesday. Please join the City Archaeology Program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Landmarks Commission on January 15 at 10:30 am in Langone Park, Boston’s North End, 542 Commercial Street. We will be forming a human circle on the exact location of the 90 foot tank and holding a brief ceremony in recognition of the 21 lives lost during the tragedy. We will also be sharing the results of the recent Ground Penetrating Radar survey on the site by the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research to document what, if anything, remains of the tank foundations under the park. We will be needing around 70 people to make the complete circle, but all are welcome to attend the event. The event is weather permitting. Photo Credit: Boston Public Library

Great way to track Henry Knox’s progress in 1776. 🙂 Fun fact - when he left MA to retrieve said artillery, he and h...
01/10/2019
Knox Trail - Google My Maps

Great way to track Henry Knox’s progress in 1776. 🙂

Fun fact - when he left MA to retrieve said artillery, he and his wife had been sharing the Revere Family’s temporary accommodations out in Watertown during the Siege of Boston.

Location of historical markers showing trail that Henry Knox followed to move cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the Revolutionary War.

What a beautiful shot taken in our courtyard by visitor Kyle Lennon - thanks for sharing!
12/31/2018

What a beautiful shot taken in our courtyard by visitor Kyle Lennon - thanks for sharing!

A good opportunity from our friends at Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site to remind you...
12/21/2018

A good opportunity from our friends at Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site to remind you of our holiday hours in the week ahead. We will be closing early on Monday, Dec 24 at 2:15. We will be closed on Tuesday, Dec 25 and again on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019! The rest of the holiday season we will be open our normal winter hours, from 9:30-4:15. Bring all of your visiting friends and family downtown to see us!

Today’s #ShowandTell comes by request of one of our volunteers, Nicole (it seemed appropriate, as this month the National Park Service is celebrating our #ParkPartners, plus it’s her birthday!).

She picked something apropos of the season: a broadside “The Midnight Ride of Santa Claus,” a parody written by Harry Dana in 1941. At the bottom, Dana credits those from whom story, meter, or words were swiped: Paul Revere himself, Clement C. Moore of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” fame, and Dana’s grandfather, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem takes Longfellow’s meter and format, but focuses on Hancock and Adams startled from their sleep in Lexington by the hooves of Santa’s reindeer rather than Revere’s horse. Given the geopolitics of 1941, Dana also edits the rider’s cry to “Merry Christmas! The British are… really all right!” The printed broadside is topped by a woodcut scene of Santa’s sleigh passing the lit Old North Church on its way to Lexington.

Nicole has been volunteering with us at the site since 2017. Among other projects, she gave a Dana tour this September and wrote the article on Harry Dana on our website: https://www.nps.gov/people/henry-wadsworth-longfellow-dana.htm. Thanks to Nicole and the rest of our volunteer corps for all your contributions through the year!

- Kate, Museum Tech

#NPSThanks #ThankYouForBeingAFriend #HoHoHo

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Monday 09:30 - 17:15
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:15
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:15
Thursday 09:30 - 17:15
Friday 09:30 - 17:15
Saturday 09:30 - 17:15
Sunday 09:30 - 17:15

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