Ever wonder just how much work was involved in producing a pound of chocolate or how long it might take to set the type for an entire page of a newspaper? Join Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill for a unique hands-on exploration of colonial labor. Try your hand at winnowing cocoa beans, grinding cocoa nibs, utilizing a metate, and creating the fine powder necessary for making a decadent bowl of drinking chocolate. Test your skills at organizing upper and lower case letters, setting type on the press, using ink balls without making a mess, and pulling the lever of the press. Learn directly from master printer and historian Gary Gregory and Chief Chocolate Interpreter Linda Greene about the physical work involved in colonial trades. This rare opportunity has never before been available in the Clough House or anywhere else in Boston! Toughen your hands, connect with your colonial forebears, and reflect on the changing nature of labor in a workshop guaranteed to make a lasting impression.
Refreshments and all materials provided. After the workshop, dine in one of the many delicious Italian restaurants in the North End!
The Old North Church & Historic Site includes the Clough House, one of the oldest remaining domestic structures in Boston. Built by Ebenezer Clough, one of the masons of the church, in 1713 and situated on the back of the Old North property, it currently houses Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes & Gill as living history interpretive and retail spaces. Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution and witness Boston’s only colonial printing experience!