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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

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Address: 21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing...

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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Very neat to see someone so knowledgeable and so passionate about keeping history alive. The demonstration is neat but the owners stories are the best.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very neat to see someone so knowledgeable and so passionate about keeping history alive. The demonstration is neat but the owners stories are the best.

Thank EricaJ0813
Macon, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice complement to the Revolutionary history in Boston, especially with the importance of printing in Boston leading up to the Revolution. It was fascinating to see a printing press in action from that era. Having the owner in costume and so obviously loving the "how to" of printing history really makes it come to life. We were... More 

Thank schuggs
Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

We stopped in here and had a nice little history lesson. It was pretty kool that they still used the press and we purchased a copy for the cause.

Thank Robby F
South Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

A wonderful peek into the way papers were printed long ago. The owner of the shop clearly loves his work, and loves the subject of the Declaration of Independence, sharing wonderfully interesting facts about that document.

Thank blondeboomer
Montclair, New Jersey
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

What a great place! The owner is very knowledgeable and the demonstration of the printing of the Declaration of Independence is wonderful. A must-see!

Thank mbat100
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

What a gem in the heart of the north end. Don't miss this! We watched as the printer pressed the Declaration of Independence.

Thank Westchestertravel
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

We just stumbled upon the printing press and were so impressed with the worker we talked to. It was wonderful to hear the history of the printing of the Declaration of Independence from a Boston standpoint. Well worth it and so easy to find!!

Thank Rachel U
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Unexpected shop to find out more about traditional printing and traditional chocolate making. Explanations are great. The kids loved it ! Adults too !

Thank LesMartiBus
Jarvis, Canada
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

A step back in time! The printer was very knowledgeable and explain ever aspect of the printing press from the inking with sift leather balls to the tiny letters that were set to make the script. He actually set a print and made a copy for us to purchase

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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Quite interesting to see how printing was done a couple hundred years ago and more. Very informative and fun stop along the Freedom Trail. Must see for history buffs.

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