The Old North Church played a significant role in the the American Revolution. Paul Revere, made famous by Henry Wadworth Longfellow’s poem,”Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” stood across the Charles River, waiting for signal lanterns from the Old North Church’s steeple, indicating if the British troops would be marching by land or rowing across the river – “One by land, Two if by sea.” Paul Revere saw the signal and promptly rode off with William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott to warn the colonists that the “British were Coming.” Soon, the “Shot Heard Around the World” – the first shots of the war from Lexington-Concord, would echo across the land. The American Revolution had begun.
Burial tombs underneath the Old North Church.
Famous propaganda image by Paul Revere which was circulated around the colonies showing the British firing on innocent colonists in Boston, otherwise known as the “Boston Massacre.”