This inscription reads, "The signal lanterns of Paul Revere displayed in the steeple of this church April 13 1775 warned the country of the march of the British troops to Lexington and Concord."
Last July, when in Boston for a family wedding, my girls and I just
happened upon the Old North Church and decided to stop in for a tour. We
were so glad that we did--and so, apparently, was the staff! The man
giving the talk at the front of the church (at a plexiglas-shielded
podium just below the pulpit) heartily thanked our small group and said
they were newly reopened after 4 months of closing due to COVID-19. [I see on their website that they're closed once again.]
He explained how Paul Revere and others knew that the British planned to attack but didn't know whether they'd march the long way away around by land, or take the quicker but more dangerous crossing across the harbor, but Revere would be waiting for the signal--"one if by land, two if by sea"--before saddling his horse to ride out and warn the countryside.
The church buildings, the smaller housing the gift shop, and two of my daughters reading the signage.
So beautiful. I am a sucker for historic churches! Back when my family and I all lived in Charleston, South Carolina, I did
several posts on because, well, they are just too
beautiful and special to miss--and this one was no exception! I found
several similarities to churches I'd
visited elsewhere, but also many unique features.
It was a sweet, if too-short, visit. I wish we lived close enough to go back again soon!
For more about the architecture and history: Old North Church
(They also have THE most fabulous gift shop everrrr! Do visit if you ever have a chance.)