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. The church's sexton, Robert Newman, then 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 themselves; pew number 54 was reserved for the Revere family.
You can stop by the church on the North End of the Freedom Trail at any time of year. The Old North Church's historic site and campus visiting hours vary by season: From January to February, visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; from March to May and November to December, visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from June to October, visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you're interested in attending church services, drop in on Sundays at 9 or 11 a.m. Though the church is free to visit, a $3 donation per person is encouraged. There are also free self-guided church tours available as well as 30-minute behind-the-scenes tours; guided tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and younger.
For additional information, check out the Old North Church's official website.