The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, We are open daily and located along the Freedom Trail at Old North Church, Clough House. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. 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!”
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How to get there
  • Haymarket • 7 min walk
  • North Station • 9 min walk
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cannonater
Salt Lake City, UT1,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It’s like going back in time, you really get to experience a first hand look at what it was like to be in the printing industry back than. Visited October 2018
Written March 16, 2024
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Graeme M
Boston40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Located right next to the Old North Church in the historic Clough House, you’ll enjoy a memorable experience of how printing was done in the 1700s. You’ll see a Rev War era printer doing his daily work, either typesetting or actually printing sheets in the old laborious way. The printers are each highly knowledgeable about the art of printing and of the history of the period. You may also purchase several different authentic printed sheets that have been run off on the press.
Ask any question about engraving, etching or letterpress, and you’ll get a full and lucid answer.
Written February 11, 2024
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Gillian M
LaGrange, GA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It's a tiny little place, right near the Paul Revere house, but a fun thing to do while you're in the area! One half is someone working in Colonial clothes telling you ALL about the printing press, and they're pretty good at keeping it interesting based off the audience. The other half is a gift shop of a lot of local businesses. I got a couple of glass seals! They also have papers they have printed from the press for sale.
Written August 24, 2023
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Scott Mitchell
Springfield, MO75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Missed this when we walked the Freedom Trail, but came back a day later. Small but interesting and informative. Make sure you stop by.
Written August 4, 2023
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Dragonz Fyre
Brandenburg, KY54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
I found the historical printing demo fascinating. We all take for granted the availability of print material we have today. Back then in Colonial America it took a day or longer just to set type for 1 broadsheet. 🫣 learning about the linen/cotton paper they used, the use of the copper plate press and print presses, and seeing it all in action….I really have an even fonder appreciation for my collection of books at home. It’s very small space, but highly recommend a visit, especially since it’s directly next to the Old North Church.
Written August 30, 2022
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The explainations of the printing process is always interesting. The docent was in character and entertaining.
Written October 29, 2021
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gablenlombard
Appleton, WI146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Alot like the Ben Franklin museum in Philly. Makes you appreciate what these people went through just to have a newspaper! or a book for that matter
Written August 4, 2021
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efustok
Houston, TX1,306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
He is there to show how printing was done, it is really neat to see the way he does it all. Fun for the kids. It is inside Faneuil hall in the corner.
Written July 28, 2021
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Ashwin E
Oranjestad, Aruba36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The gentleman that was presenting the story was very informative he even whore the traditional outfit. that made it even more interesting.
Written June 26, 2021
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Located next to the Old North Church, this printing office makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. Staff was happy to show off the mechanics of the printing press and discuss how this exhibit identified the importance of free speech.
Written November 1, 2020
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