The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution.
Built in 1723, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman’s loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North its silver that was used at services and a bible.
Each year, a half a million visitors make the trip to Boston to experience this unique and stirring monument to liberty.
Read about the fascinating events of April 18, 1775
Read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, Paul Revere’s Ride
Discover the stories of people connected to the church
Read about the bells of Old North Church and discover what change-ringing is