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Paul Revere House

Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House, built c.1680, was the colonial home of American patriot and Founding Father Paul Revere during the time of the American … See more


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Dec 17, 2022
This is one of the later sites on the Freedom Trail. It's only $5 or $6 to enter and it mainly walk thru yourselves. A couple of the rooms had docents in them telling how the house was like when t… Full review by Lee L
Dec 15, 2022
Nice to see that this was restored so that we could get an idea of how families lived back in the Revere era. Would have liked to have seen more. It is quite small. Nice folks inside to explain th… Full review by beav16
Dec 14, 2022
This was such a cool house and to know it was built not long after the Mayflower (relatively speaking). Full review by spshelton1968


Oldest Surviving Structure in Downtown Boston
Built in 1680—making it the oldest surviving structure in downtown Boston—the Paul Revere House was constructed on the site of the parsonage that was home to Puritan preacher Increase Mather and his family. The two-story, wooden post-and-beam structure may seem modest, but its high ceilings and large rooms mark it out as a home for a family of means. Revere bought the house from its first owner, wealthy merchant Robert Howard, and lived here with his wife, children and mother from 1770 until 1800. The third storey was removed in the 19th century, when the house fell into disrepair. In 1902, it was nearly demolished, but the fortuitous intercession of Revere's great-grandson saved the place from the wrecking ball; six years later, the Paul Revere House opened to the public, one of the first "house museums" in America. The ground floor is mainly furnished as it would have been when Howard occupied it, while upstairs is decorated in the style of Revere's time, with some original pieces of furniture that belonged to the family. There are also displays devoted to the silversmith's epic ride, along with examples of his work. Across the courtyard—where sits a 900lb iron bell cast by Paul Revere and Sons—is the Pierce/Hichborn House, one of the oldest brick buildings in Boston and a prime example of early Georgian architecture. It was built in 1711 for glazier Moses Pierce, and later purchased by Revere's cousin Nathaniel Hichborn, a shipbuilder. While the Paul Revere House is open to visitors, entry to the Pierce/Hichborn House is by guided tour only.

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