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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
+1 857-205-1775
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Great Freedom Trail stop

What a cool experience! We stopped in on our way to The Old North Church and were just blown away... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kansas City, Missouri
via mobile
Very impressed!

The gentleman running the printing press had extensive knowledge not just of the authentic 1700's... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Christopher M
Mesa, Arizona
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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, will opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2011, We are open daily 11:30 to 5pmLocated along the Freedom Trail at the historic Clough House, which is owned by and conveniently located adjacent to Old North Church.With the opening of the colonial print shop on April 15, visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. These same printers were at the vanguard of citizen angst over British governmental policies that Bostonians felt violated their rights as Englishmen.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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21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
North End
+1 857-205-1775
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a cool experience! We stopped in on our way to The Old North Church and were just blown away by the knowledge of the proprietor and at getting to see a press in action. You will not need to spend much time here to...More

Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed 5 days ago

The gentleman running the printing press had extensive knowledge not just of the authentic 1700's printing press he was using, but also general knowledge of the era and how printing presses were beginning to change the world. He described the process all the way from...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I got to the Printing Office, I was disappointed to see it was mainly a shop trying to sell stuff but then the gentleman there started talking to me about the press. I learned about the different versions of the declaration and then I...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is great for stepping back in time but did you know there is also an opportunity to create your own piece of history? During a recent visit, an adult family member purchased a hand printed copy of the Boston Constitution and the printing...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Step back in time when printing was done one sheet at a time. My second time there and is not to be missed. Look up at the Old North Church and you might miss this. As period authentic as you get!

Thank TheOld
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Located on the Freedom trail between the Paul Revere statue and the Old North Church next to the Chocolate Factory. If you aren’t paying attention, you can easily miss it, as you just see the small sign on the brick building after leaving the Paul...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Step inside this gem of a building and on one side you'll find chocolate being made the way it was in 1770's - very different from today. The other side holds an actual printing press and a very friendly printer who'll tell you about the...More

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this place on the way to Old North Church and it ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. The printers there are very informative and you can tell they love what they do. Very cool demonstration of period printing...More

Thank BradenHartz
Reviewed 26 August 2017

What a fantastic setup! You'd almost miss this in the shadow of the Old North Church, but all Freedom Trail trekkies should make a point to stop in and watch a demonstration of a printing of the Declaration. The gentleman (sorry, I forgot his name)...More

Thank tmg821
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Got to see an authentic Ben Franklin-style press in action. This little shop was one of the highlights of our stay in Boston. Wow!

Thank Laurence F
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like
being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and
Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants,
bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part
in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or
Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma
sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church
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Response from twocardinals | Reviewed this property |
Contact the employee who works at this Printing Office, who is himself a printer by training and well-educated in the history of printing machines. He is an afficionado and would be a good resource.