There’s just something about being in close contact with history that makes my skin all tingly. Do you know that feeling? Where you can immediately feel the weight surrounding a building or object, can sense the importance of what you’re beholding? Stepping inside Old North Church (Christ Church) in Boston gives you that feeling; the history behind the place is frozen on the walls.
Constructed in 1723, the church is older than the US itself and played a significant part in one of the nation’s most famous independence stories. It was from Old North Church’s steeple that two lanterns were hung, to be lit as a signal to warn neighboring Charleston the way in which the British forces were coming (“one if by land, two if by sea”) on the night of Paul Revere’s legendary ride. Although the story that we all know is slightly off factually, it is still breathtaking to stand inside the same building where one of our most famous revolutionaries also stood, planning his courageous ride at the beginning of the nation’s fight for independence.
I love visiting old churches in general (just think of how many people have passed through them over the years!), but being inside one that is so intwined with the Revolutionary War and US history was something else. I couldn’t just sense the history of the place…I could feel MY history there.
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