This Fall, Paul Revere’s House events bring life in 18th century Boston into focus through living history demonstrations of all kinds.
Our onsite Saturday events are included with admission to the museum: adults $3.50 seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5-17 $1. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times. Through October 31 the Revere House is open daily 9:30-5:15. Beginning on November 1, the museum is open daily 9:30-4:15.
September 3rd – Colonial Herbalist, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Learn about the healing benefits of common and uncommon plants from a true expert. Judy Grillo portrays a colonial herbalist demonstrating techniques and wisdom passed on by generations of women who cared for their families with plants grown primarily in their kitchen gardens.
September 10th – Colonial Weaving Demonstration, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Talented craftsman Fred Lawson demonstrates the art of creating cloth by hand and simple machines. Practice weaving on the small looms provided.
September 17th – Printing Demonstration, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Did you know Paul Revere worked as an engraver? Using similar technology R. P. Hale produces copies of his own wood block image of the Revere House on a hand-cranked press. Prints (available for sale) are only made at the Revere House.
September 24th – Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm
Who held the Revere family together after Paul set off on his Midnight Ride? Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere’s second wife. Enjoy her dramatic account of a woman’s struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war, blockades, and shortages.
October 1st – Gilding Demonstration, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Watch professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere’s era.
October 8th Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments.
October 15th Paper Marbling, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
See how colonial craftsmen created eye-catching marbled papers. Watch as R. P. Hale floats pigments in water, swirls the colors, then transfers the designs to paper. It may look like magic but Hale will explain the very real science behind this fascinating phenomenon.
Please note: No program on October 22 & 29.
On the Freedom Trail, in Boston’s historic North End, the Revere House was home to patriot and silversmith Paul Revere from 1770 to 1800. Revere left from the house in 1775 to begin the ride that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized in the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Built c. 1680, the Revere House is the oldest house in downtown Boston. For further information about the Revere House, please visit www.paureverehouse.org.