Paul Revere & Old North Church

Speaking of Paul Revere, there is a lovely statue in Boston's North End depicting Revere on his famous midnight ride. In the background, you can see the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hung -- 'One if by land, two if by sea' -- to warn the colonists of the impending British invasion.

Behind the statue is the Paul Revere Mall, which is a lovely and peaceful plaza that leads to the Old North Church. These pictures were taken on a blistering day in the Summer of 2012.

In the Mall is a Memorial Garden to honor the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Those are all dog tags. When the wind blows, they shimmer in the sun and make a haunting sound.

At the end of the mall is the Old North Church, where on the night of April 18, 1775, Robert Newman held high the two lanterns, as a signal that the British were departing by sea to Lexington and Concord. And thus began the American Revolution.

Paul Revere was off to warn the colonists. He was nearly intercepted in Somerville by the British, but escaped. He was finally captured in Concord, but not before spreading the word as far and wide as possible.

There is a plaque (which I have not yet visited) that reads:

"At this Point, on the old Concord road as it then was, ended the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

"He had, at about two o'clock of the morning of April 19, 1775, the night being clear and the moon in its third quarter, got thus far on his way from Lexington to Concord, alarming the inhabitants as he went, when he and his companions, William Dawes, of Boston, and Dr. Samuel Prescott, of Concord, were suddenly halted by a British patrol, who had stationed themselves at this bend of the road. Dawes, turning back, made his escape. Prescott, clearing the stone wall, and following a path known to him through the low ground, regained the highway at a point further on, and gave the alarm at Concord. Revere tried to reach the neighboring wood, but was intercepted by a party of officers accompanying the patrol, detained and kept in arrest. Presently he was carried by the patrol back to Lexington. There released, and that morning joined Hancock and Adams.

"Three men of Lexington, Sanderson, Brown and Loring, stopped at an earlier hour of the night by the same patrol, were also taken back with Revere."

Meanwhile, back in Boston's North End, at the Copps Hill Burying Ground is the grave marker of Robert Newman, who courageously held the lanterns in the Old North Church:

More pictures of his headstone can be found here.

If you ever come to visit Boston, you will find the North End to be lovely. Also known as 'Little Italy' it is home to the best Italian restaurants in the city, as well as narrow streets and alleys flanked by Boston's traditional red-brick buildings that makes you feel like you're in a little European village:


More on Paul Revere and the Revolution to come in future editions.

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  1. Howdy Michael..Kevin here...local Marbleheader here. I think there is a typo in the note.."Blistering summer day" -with no leaves on the trees? =~s/summer/winter/;

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