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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill


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Care to visit an 18th century printing press from the colonial era? If you are a history buff, you'd enjoy a visit to the Printing office of Edes & Gill located in Boston, MA. The colonial era printing press is located along the Freedom Trail, the printing press gives live demonstration about newspaper printing and tells the historic revolution that was stemmed by the printing press. Benjamin Edes and John Gill were the owners of the Boston Gazette that was one of the most influential paper during the revolutionary war. The print shop is open to tours April through October.

Things to Do

  • Follow the freedom trail and visit the historic print shop that served as a catalyst in bringing about revolution and independence in the 18th century.
  • Visitors can see historians working with their printers in a live demonstration, you can learn how the printing press brought about the much needed change.
  • Live demonstrations are usually provided by print master Gary Gregory, the live demonstrations are very engaging and educational.
  • Children are excited to learn how to do printing the 18th century way. They have one of the oldest printers in the world.
  • Search and look for rare historic newspapers at an online archive Rag linen, it showcases newspapers chronicling the historic events from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

The printing office of Edes & Gill Insider Tips

  • The little printing shop is located near the North church.
  • Don't forget to visit the historic chocolate shop next door.

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