Fun and Games in the 1700s
Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 10:30-12:00
For middling sorts of families, like the Reveres, it did not matter that Colonial Boston contained few toy stores, for they could rarely afford such luxuries. Instead, children ingeniously turned to common household items for toys, games, and entertainment. Discover many adaptive uses for objects found in both historic and modern homes as you play games known and loved by generations of children.
During a tour of the Revere House, children (and adults) search for beans, a thimble, straw, pieces of cloth and then try their hands at Snail, Jackstraws, and Beast-Fish-Fowl and other popular colonial amusements. Participants will leave with directions for playing these and other games at home.
Each presentation is limited to 20 people. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.
Fee: $4.50 for children ages 5-10, and accompanying adults. Price includes admission to the Revere House.
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, ìPaul Revere’s Ride.î 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
Special Co-Sponsored Event at the Old South Meeting House
Petticoats at the Revolution
Thursday, February 20, 12:15 pm
Join us to hear a remarkable story of tea and Revolution from the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Actor and storyteller Joan Gatturna as Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston through the eyes of a woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of rebellion. The character of Rachel Revere was developed with assistance from the staff of the Paul Revere House.
Included with admission: $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors & college students, $1.00 for children (6-18); free for Old South Meeting House and Paul Revere House members.
Old South Meeting House, Museum & Historic Site
310 Washington Street, Boston MA 02108