Old North Foundation of Boston, Inc
193 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Steeped in history and rich in tradition, the Old North is one of America’s best known National Landmarks, and---with a half million guests each year---is Boston’s most visited historic site.
From the steeple of the Old North, on the evening of April 18, 1775, the Church sexton, Robert Newman, held high the two signal lanterns that were a warning from Paul Revere to the other Colonial Patriots that British troops were marching to Lexington and Concord to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams, and to seize the Colonials’ store of ammunition.
The display of the two lanterns set in motion the momentous ride of Paul Revere, and is widely regarded as the spark that ignited the American War of Independence. The historic events of April 18, 1775, were immortalized in Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride.
The Church is also an extraordinary example of Georgian architecture of the early 18th century with much of its original building fabric intact. Its association with the evolution of Boston as a mercantile center; with the beginnings of the American War of Independence and the founding of the United States; with the struggle to reconcile democratic values with the struggle against slavery as expressed in Longfellow's poem; with the story of the North End moving from the city’s original settlement through successive immigrant groups to a vibrant 21st century waterfront community---all present a broad spectrum of opportunities for creative and engaging education and interpretation.