Writing to his wife Abigail in 1776, John Adams was convinced that Independence would—and should—be celebrated with a great anniversary festival, with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.” About all of that, John Adams […]
By Mark Hurwitz Abel Hale Coffin, Jr., a senior warden at Old North for ten years and owner of pew #18 in the mid-1800s, is connected to the story of Eng and Chang, the famous “Siamese twins” of the 19th century. Abel Jr. was the son of Captain Abel and Susan Ames Coffin and born […]
By Mark Hurwitz Major Leonard Vassall, owner of pews #10 and 11, was born in Jamaica in 1678. Before he moved to Boston in the early 1720s, he owned several large sugar plantations with slaves in his native Jamaica. He was a staunch Episcopalian, became a member of Old North, and was elected warden in […]
Did you miss Michael Greenburg’s lecture Paul Revere: Beyond the Midnight Ride on Wednesday, March 25? Watch it online, courtesy of Matt Conti at North End Waterfront News! Discover more about Paul Revere’s complex personality and what happened after the failed Penobscot Expedition, which resulted in his court martial.
By Mark Hurwitz Capt. Daniel Malcolm was born in Boston in the 1720s. He lived on Fleet Street and attended the Old North Church. He served as a Junior Warden and owned two pews, #4 and #25, during his lifetime. He had a reputation for being a smuggler by British authorities. On Sept. 24, 1766, […]