The Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and one of the Freedom Trails most visited historical sites, known for “One if by land, and two if by sea,” and the midnight ride of Paul Revere. In addition to the famous Old North Church, the Old North Historic Site also includes:
- The 1713 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, which houses Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop
- A chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, which now serves as the Old North Gift Shop
- Three large courtyards, two formal gardens, and a war memorial to soldiers fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Two adjoining townhouses, converted into use for administrative, educational, social, civic, and parish programs
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. Each year, half a million people from all over the country and all over the world visit this unique and stirring monument to liberty.
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The Old North Foundation is the 501(c)3 secular nonprofit steward of the Old North Historic Site. Christ Church in the City of Boston is an active Episcopal Church and partner of the Old North Foundation.
Mission: The Old North Foundation promotes values of freedom, liberty, and civic engagement through the interpretation and preservation of the Old North Historic Site, an enduring symbol of American independence. The Foundation serves a wide audience by creating meaningful experiences through educational outreach, site-specific programming, and historical analysis.