The Revere Express

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“The Cabbage Vendor” – an Unexpected Surprise

By: Edith Steblecki It’s not every day that someone contacts the Paul Revere Memorial Association and offers to donate a framed painting showing two of our historic homes- the Revere and Pierce/Hichborn Houses. Needless to say, we were surprised and delighted when...

Traditions of the Season: Rachel Revere’s Kitchen

By: Emily Holmes Welcome to Rachel Revere’s “modern” kitchen! The kitchen space in this 1680 home was originally down in the basement level. When Paul Revere bought this property in 1770 his wife Sarah and their daughters likely cooked down there in the basement...

Wait, Did You Say 16 Kids?

By: Rachel MeadVisitors to the Paul Revere House are often amazed to learn that Paul Revere had 16 children. No, that is not a typo. He married his first wife, Sarah Orne, on August 17, 1757 when he was 22 and she was 21. They started having children within a year....

Onesimus Mather and the Origins of Inoculation in Boston

By: Rowan Wheeler In 1721, Boston was in the middle of a mass exodus. That summer, hundreds of Bostonians fled to smaller villages and towns to escape the threat of smallpox. That year’s pandemic would wipe out 14% of Boston’s population. Meanwhile, minister Cotton...

A Street View of the Paul Revere House

By Patrick M LeeheyEditor’s Note: This article is written from the point of view of a visitor standing in the street looking at the Paul Revere House and its neighboring structures. It is meant to serve as a primer for exterior tours of North Square and as extra...