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Out and About takes you on fun, informative outings in and around Harvard, Cambridge and the Boston area. Occasionally, we will take you to a Harvard Treasure or on an insider tour generally not available to the public. Our excursions may involve food demonstrations or half-day adventures. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements! Group contacts: Monica Hexner and Mary Pope and Zarinn Foster.

 

Dear Neighbors!

Here is a new invite from our Out and About Interest Group!

On November 17, you are invited to a morning tour to Paul Revere's house at North End,followed by a lunch.

On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston's North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston's oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

 

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 90s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere's great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

The restored dwelling, with its third story front extension removed, resembles its late seventeenth century appearance. Ninety percent of the structure, two doors, three window frames, and portions of the flooring, foundation, inner wall material and raftering, are original. The heavy beams, large fireplaces, and absence of interior hallways recall colonial living arrangements. Upstairs you will find two chambers containing period furnishings belonging to the Revere family. Revere House tours are self-guided, complemented by illustrated text panels and museum interpreters.

As an added bonus, the courtyard features a 900 pound bell, a small mortar and a bolt from the USS Constitution, all made by Paul Revere & Sons.

 

Please check your e-mails next week for more details on the event and save the date! Details to follow!

You can RSVP to neighbors@harvard.com to reserve your spot!

 

 

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