About Paul Revere House
Paul Revere House was the home of goldsmith/silversmith and founding father Paul Revere and his family from 1770 to 1800.
Paul Revere House history
In 1774 and 1775, during the build up to the American Revolution, Paul Revere was tasked as an express rider on behalf of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety and the Boston Committee of Correspondence.
This role would lead him to perform one of the most famous rides in American history. On the eve of 18 April 1775, Revere was called upon to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British forces were on their way to detain them. It is Paul Revere whose famous words are said to have been “The British are coming!”, raising the alarm and allowing the Americans to prepare for battle.
Paul Revere was soon arrested himself, but later escaped and witnessed the Battle of Lexington. Purchased by Paul Revere’s grandson in 1902, Paul Revere House is now a museum about this patriotic icon, detailing his life and his famous midnight ride.
Paul Revere House today
Paul Revere house has been reconstructed to look just as it would have in the eighteenth century and most of the architecture is original. Tours are self guided, with panels and explanations provided with plaques and illustrations. Paul Revere House also forms part of the Freedom Trail, a tour of all of Boston’s most famous American Revolution sites as well as being part of Boston National Historic Park.
Visits take approximately 30-45 minutes. Next door to Paul Revere House is the Pierce Hitchborn House, an authentic example of Georgian architecture.
Getting to Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House is located on the Freedom Trail between Faneuil Hall and Old North Church. The house is also within easy walking distance of other attractions — the New England Aquarium, City Hall Plaza and the Boston Common.
Our site can be reached by car, but the narrow one-way streets and very limited parking make the subway, walking, and bicycle the best options.
If travelling by foot on the Freedom Trail in Boston’s North End, follow the signs and the red brick line on the sidewalks. The site is ten minutes from Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market. If travelling by Subway, Government Center is the closest stop to the House.
Street parking near the Revere House is very limited. There are metered spots on Commercial Street. Parking is available in pay lots marked P on the map.