Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Deacon Larkin House - Charlestown MA

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of
Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Charlestown is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Boston. If you follow the legendary Freedom Trail, you will end your journey there, at Bunker Hill, the site of the famous battle between the English and the American patriots that took place here in 1775.

I was struck by the charm of Charlestown. It had this old feel to it, and on and off you see houses that date back to the 18th century, as the House at 55 Main Street, that once was the home of Deacon John Larkin (April 3, 1735 – December 14, 1807). He was also a merchant, in the tea trade, for the East India Company, having in his possession chests of tea that he readily concealed to avoid England's Stamp Tax.

This beautiful Georgian-style residence was built for John Larkin around 1790. He is remembered for his role in Paul Revere's legendary midnight ride. Larkin's horse carried Revere out to Lexington and Concord to warn the Committee of Safety of the approaching British troops.

The original Larkin's house stood in nearby City Square, and was, as most of Charlestown, destroyed during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. This clapboard-sided house with a low third floor and quoin-embellished corners is a rare survivor from Charlestown's post-Revolutionary era of construction.

See more on Paul Rever's ride on this small film clip

Other sights of the Charlestown area - see this map

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