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Old North 300 – The Campaign
In anticipation of Old North’s three hundredth birthday in 2023, the Old North Foundation has launched a capital campaign to restore the Old North Church, reconfigure the Washington Garden and Courtyard, and establish an endowment to ensure the long-term care and interpretation of Old North Church & Historic Site. Called Old North 300, this campaign will transform the Old North Church & Historic Site from a stop on the Freedom Trail to a comprehensive historic site interpreting Boston’s colonial and revolutionary
The Washington Garden & Courtyard
The reconfiguration of the Washington Garden and Courtyard will enlarge the opening to the Washington Garden, move trees and plants to the edge of the garden in raised planters, and erect a large water feature, the Longfellow Fountain, which will feature an etching of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
These features in the garden will create a classroom-like space where youth can learn about history and the
significance of the Old North Church from the Revolution to the present day, and visitors can pause and enjoy a peaceful spot on Boston’s Freedom Trail.
An Outdoor Classroom
The Washington Garden and Courtyard will become an outdoor classroom used by the tens of thousands of school students who visit every year. The redesign allows for outdoor seating and the introduction of a water feature, the Longfellow Fountain, where students can learn about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
A Quite Open Space
The Washington Garden and Courtyard will become a quite, restful space on the Freedom Trail. Old North’s nearly 500,000 visitors a year will be able to sit in new courtyard furniture, view outdoor art, and enjoy the peace and serenity of the newly renovated gardens and relax to the sounds of the Longfellow Fountain.
Longfellow’s poem will encourage students and other visitors to see that Old North’s story of active citizenship is a story all people share and one that extends beyond the American Revolution. The garden will provoke thought about Longfellow’s call for courage and his reminder of the power of the individual–alone and in community–to effect change.