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The Old North Church

The Old North Church, built in 1723, is where Paul Revere instructed patriots to hang the two lanterns on April 18, 1775, that warned of the impending British occupation. The two lights signaled to Charlestown patriots that the British were taking boats across the Charles River and not coming by land as noted in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Boston’s oldest church structure holds the original bells and has held many ceremonies commemorating its historic importance. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite