Friday, April 20, 2018

Boston: R is for (Paul) Revere

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is R which will showcase (Paul) Revere.

As is most historical buildings in greater Boston, this famous Revolutionary War hero's home is located in the middle of a very modernized North End.

According to the official website, Paul Revere lived in this humble abode from 1770 to 1800. Throughout the 19th Century, the structure was home to a variety of individuals, commercial shops, and even a bank. In 1902, Revere's great-grandson purchased the home to ensure it would never be demolished. Since 1908 the home has been open to the public. 

Paul Revere's home.
Tours are available, although we did not have time to attend.

Paul Revere's Statue
with the Old North Church in the background.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, 
On the eighteenth of April, in seventy-five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower as a signal-light, --
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. Molly, I can't resist... wich "Old North Church" is it in the background..?

    Happy Friday!

    1. :) .... that's a good one! Actually, I think it is the original Old North Church

  2. Thank you, Molly. I'm glad his great-grandson saved this house.

  3. I think we must have had to memorize that poem in school, not that I could recite it - bad memory and all :-)

    1. I vaguely recalled certain parts of the poem, but I could never recite the entirety.


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