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Old North Church, Boston
Old North Church, Boston
Resource Typeimage
TitleOld North Church, Boston
Coverage / Year1723 to Present
DescriptionThe Old North Church was built in 1723. It is the oldest church building in Boston.
InterpretationLongfellow's well-known poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, " spells out how Paul Revere and the other riders would know the approach of the British - "One if by Land, Two if by Sea." The sexton hung two lanterns in the tower, and the patriots were off to warn the countryside that the British would be coming by sea. Soon the American Revolution was in full swing. Boston was a very English town, with many family ties to London. Some residents remained loyal to the crown. They were known as loyalists or Tories.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; English Colonies; Governing Ourselves; How we learn about communities; Revolutionary War
Learning Standards14 Political Systems; 16 History
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association
Subject / KeywordsBoston, MA; Revere, Paul, 1734-1818; Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882; Midnight ride; One if by land; American Revolution; Tories
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
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Resource IdentifierIHA00219
CONTENTdm file name54639209122002_IHA00189.jpg
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