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Step into America's History at Boston's Paul Revere House

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A master silversmith forever immortalized in Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere is one of the most romantic icons of the American Revolution. From 1770 to 1780, Revere and his family lived in Boston's North End, and today his restored home is open to visitors seeking a look back into our revolutionary history.

Tucked away in Boston's oldest residential neighborhood, the house at 19 North Square was built in 1680 on the site of the parsonage belonging to Increase Mather. Paul Revere and his family were the second residents of the two-story wooden townhouse. The Reveres lived there for ten years, and this was his home at the time of his famous "midnight ride."

Revere sold the house in 1800, and from that time until 1902 it served a variety of purposes, providing tenement apartments for sailors and immigrant workers, and housing a candy store, a cigar store, a bank, and a grocer at various times. The house became progressively more dilapidated, and barely survived a cellar fire in 1901.

To prevent the old structure from being torn down, Paul Revere's great-grandson, John Phillips Reynolds Jr., bought the house in 1902. It remained in disrepair until 1907, when the last tenants moved out and the Paul Revere Memorial Association had raised enough money to begin restoration of this historic landmark.

The Paul Revere House became one of the first historic museums in the country upon opening its doors in 1908. Today visitors to Paul Revere House will see it much as it appeared in the 1700s. About 90% of the home is the original structure, and furnishings date back to American colonial times.

Part of Boston's Freedom Trail, Paul Revere House is situated next to the Pierce-Hichborn House and close to the famous Old North Church. The house is open daily at 9:30 a.m., but closes on Mondays in January, February, and March.


April 15 - October 31: 9:30 am to 5:15 pm
November 1 - April 14: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Closed on Mondays in January, February and March.
Address/Map:  19 N Square Boston, MA 02113
Phone: (617) 523-2338
Website: Plan your visit to Paul Revere House
Admission: Adult $3.50 | Seniors and College Students $3 | Children (5-17) $1