Old North Church
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the British troops' arrival. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church, which played an important role in warning American troops about the incoming British. The church's sexton, Robert Newman, climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal (from Revere) that the British Regulars were indeed coming, and that they were coming by sea. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "One if by land, and two if by sea."
The church itself, which is officially named the Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including the United States' oldest running clock in a public building and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history in themselves; pew number 54 was reserved for the Revere family.