Founded in 1722, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and one of its most visited historical sites. In 2017 they partnered with The History List to make selected items available online. Browse the collection and you'll find a replica lantern.
The History of the Old North Church
The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution.
Built in 1722, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman’s loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North its silver that was used at services and a bible.
Each year, a half a million visitors make the trip to Boston to experience this unique and stirring monument to liberty.
The historic site consists of five notable locations; The Old North Church, Capatain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, Printing Office of Edes & Gill, the Gardens, and the Gift Shop.