On the Trail of Paul Revere

On Thursday, 22 third graders and their teachers dove into Paul Revere’s Boston. They met their guide, Ben Edwards at Faneuil Hall in front of the Sam Adams statue. From there, they walked to the site of the Boston Massacre and learned some of the real history behind that event.  

After a quick snack at Quincy Market and a mini lesson on the bells of Paul Revere, they set off for his house in the North End. They were met by educators who shared all sorts of facts about home life in the late 1700’s – from where they washed their hands to what they ate for dessert. Students asked lots of questions and left with a detailed picture of life in Colonial Boston.

Ben EdwardsNext, the students walked to the Old North Church where Ben shared many stories of the church and it’s history. Paul Revere had been a bell ringer in the church as a teenager so he was very familiar with the building and how it could be helpful for sending up that signal described in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Students got an extra special treat when they were allowed up to the bell pull room of the church – the very room where the young Revere used to work!

Our third grade students knew the poem and the artwork of the time was not 100% accurate, but now they can tell you the true story of Paul Revere and his midnight ride. Ask them!