The Freedom Trail in Boston connects 16 sites of history on a 2.5-mile trail. Among these stops are the iconic Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, and the home of America’s favorite midnight riding silversmith, Paul Revere. The three-story original home, built-in 1680, is located in Boston’s North End or “Little Italy.” It’s the oldest house in Boston. Paul Revere didn’t grow up in the place. Instead, he lived in it from 1770 to 1800. It features large fireplaces, sturdy Massachusetts Bay timber beams, and small windows that were common. The house was a candy store, a cigar factory, and a fruit seller. The house was nearly destroyed in 1902. However, Paul Revere’s great-grandson John Reynolds Jr. bought the house and rescued it from demolition.
Preservationist Joseph Chandler was enlisted to help bring the Revere house to what it might have looked like when Paul lived there. The two upstairs bedrooms contain items that belonged to the Revere family.
Five years after purchasing the home, Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride. It was only evening, not midnight, when Paul was given the vital communication from Dr. Warren that British troops were planning on marching into the outskirts of Boston to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock as well as destroy ammunition stores. At about eleven o’clock, Revere began riding. He cut through Medford, alerting members of the local militia. He then alarmed nearly every single house from Medford to Arlington. He arrived at Lexington sometime after midnight.
Is the Paul Revere house free to enter?
The Paul Revere house charges a small fee for entrance. The cost for adults is 6$, 5.50$ for college students and seniors, and 1$ for children from 1-17.