Historic Paul Revere Landmarks in Boston
Boston and its vicinities is the place to explore for anyone who is looking to find the historic places connected to the life of the Boston’s most famous silversmith.
Paul Revere House
The Revere’s house was the starting location of the famous Midnight Ride and is currently the oldest house in downtown Boston. It makes a really fine example of what colonial houses looked like in Boston at that time. The house was built almost hundred years before the Midnight Ride occurred. Prior to the fire of 1676 it was a residence of the minister of Boston’s Second Church. Revere’s house as it is seen today was built in approximately 1680 and Revere owned it from 1770 until 1800. Because of the preservation efforts, the building probably looks better today than ever before, but 90% of the framing is original. Revere sold the house in 1800 and it subsequent history is pretty ordinary, including cigar factory, grocery store, rented house and even a bank.
Paul Revere’s Monument
The statue of Revere is one of the most photographed sculptures in Boston. Not surprisingly the sculptor portrayed Revere during the historic Midnight Ride, but unlike many illustrations where PR is showing galloping full speed, the motion of the bronze Revere seems to more dignified. Although the statue is one of the most recognized landmarks in Boston, it is hard to imagine that it has quite an uneasy history, taking 16 years to create and 40 years to install in its present place.
Old North Church - One if by Land, and Two if by Sea
The Old North church is located just steps away from the statue. Its historic image is inseparable from Revere’s Midnight Ride of 1775 and the famous "One if by land, and two if by sea" signal that symbolically signaled the beginning of the American Revolution. When preparing for his mission few days before the actual ride occurred, Revere asked Robert Newman the sexton of the Old North Church to signal with lanterns about the expected movement of the British regulars towards Concord. The backup signal was intended for the group of patriots across the river in Charlestown in case if Revere himself were not able to reach Charlestown from where he planned to ride to Concord.
PR's Grave at the Granary Burial Ground
The Granary Burial Ground in Boston may not be the most cheerful place to visit, but the list of Paul Revere landmarks wont’ be complete without it. Revere gravestone has a simple inscription, “Paul Revere Bourn in Boston, January 1734, Died May 1818. Many visitors are confused by the fact that there are two headstones bearing the name of Paul Revere. This is because Paul Revere Sr., Paul Revere's father, is also buried here. This of course is also confusing because the father’s actual name was Apollos Rivoire, but he anglicized his French name after coming to Boston.
Boston Massace Site
It is not exactly known if PR was present at the Boston Massacre but it is almost certain that he visited the site, perhaps even several times to precisely determine the position of the participants whom he depicted in his famous engraving. He also personally knew eyewitnesses, some of whom later participated in the Boston Tea Party at which revere was present. Even though Revere’s famous engraving is blamed for many inaccuracies allegedly introduced to make the scene more dramatic, it depicts the event in great detail and was even used in the trial of British soldiers who shot at the colonists.