Sometimes, even folks from Boston and the North End leave the neighborhood for the sake of history. On June 18, 2011, the North End Historical Society took over 30 people on a unique trolley tour to three destinations where Paul Revere went or passed by on his famous April 18, 1775 ride. The June 2011 tour stopped at the following:
• The Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, home of a loyalist who lost his property. The mansion was used by the Continental Army, and General George Washington helped plan the Siege of Boston from there;
• The Jason Russell House in Arlington, site of some of the bloodiest fighting during the first day of the Revolutionary War;
• The Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington which was Revere’s destination and where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were staying and about to be arrested.
Many thanks to NEHS Board Member, Michael Chisholm, for organizing a brilliant tour and to NEHS President and Historian, Alex Goldfeld, for adding his fascinating narrations on the trolley. Find out more about the North End Historical Society at NorthEndBoston.org.
Music in video, “Road to Boston” courtesy of Fifes and Drums of York Town.