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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
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A visit to Gutenberg

Got to see an authentic Ben Franklin-style press in action. This little shop was one of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laurence F
Great stop along the Freedom trail.

Excellent demonstrations, of both a printer's shop and a colonial chocolaterie. This n on profit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, will opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2011, We are open daily 11:30 to 5pmLocated along the Freedom Trail at the historic Clough House, which is owned by and conveniently located adjacent to Old North Church.With the opening of the colonial print shop on April 15, visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. These same printers were at the vanguard of citizen angst over British governmental policies that Bostonians felt violated their rights as Englishmen.We offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing. As Boston’s only colonial trade experience and only colonial living history interpretive experience, our historic equipment, live demonstrations, interpreters and historic settings enable new levels of understanding how colonial printing affected communities and sparked a revolution in America.We seek to recreate this experience for visitors and school groups to Boston’s Freedom Trail and to rekindle the spirit of Samuel Adams who urged fellow citizens to join this “animating contest of Liberty!”
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21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
North End
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got to see an authentic Ben Franklin-style press in action. This little shop was one of the highlights of our stay in Boston. Wow!

Thank Laurence F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent demonstrations, of both a printer's shop and a colonial chocolaterie. This n on profit site is funded by visitor donation, please consider supporting this site while visiting.

Thank momLofteens
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They've got a printing press, printing stock, ink, and typeset that match the original Boston printing of the Decl. of Ind. It's super cool to see.

Thank Anthony I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative and interesting demonstration of Colonial Printing and issues facing Colonial America. The Owner was very enjoyable to listen to, and the equipment was neat to watch. Highly recommend stopping by this place on the Freedom Trail.

Thank Jason T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An off-the-beaten-path stop on the Freedom Trail which is a must-do because its very interesting!.. Wouldn't want to explain too many details - go there and hear them in person! :)

Thank Shahana19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The re-enactor in the print shop loves his history and loves printing. Very knowledgable about the history of printing, his printing presses, and printing in Boston. I never would have thought I would care about printing, but it is amazing how it affected the resistance...More

Thank Pat1232014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh MY! Best stop on the Freedom Trail! When you are almost to the Old North Church, you first come to a Statue of Paul Revere. Look to your left and there is a small building that holds a treasure! The day we were there,...More

Thank MNClean
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super touristy, was not impressed. If you're interested in the chocolate aspect there are many, many other places in town to try. If you're in the area, by all means stop by, but don't go out of your way.

Thank Cara C
lessonsonliberty, Owner at The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello This appears to be a review for Captain Jacksons Chocolate Shop located in the same building as our print shop? They are separate businesses.

Reviewed 15 July 2017

This was an incredibly informative and entertaining shop / demonstration to see, especially on the 4th of July! After experiencing the live reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Old North Church pulpit (One if by land, two if by sea fame) we were...More

Thank Kelly O
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Printing history and finding of one of the only 3 original Dof I known to exist was interesting. The press workers were knowledgeable and able to answer questions. They did say they change printing documents every so often, but it just so happened they were...More

Thank Melissa L
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like
being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and
Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants,
bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part
in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or
Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma
sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church
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Response from twocardinals | Reviewed this property |
Contact the employee who works at this Printing Office, who is himself a printer by training and well-educated in the history of printing machines. He is an afficionado and would be a good resource.