The War of 1812 and Paul Revere

Most people connect Paul Revere to the American Revolution. Do you know his role in the War of 1812?

Skilled Craftsmen of Boston's Shipyards Readied our Country's First NavyBy 1812, when the United States declared war on Great Britain for the second time in 40 years, Revere was 77 years old. With his fine town house and his charming, countryside home of “Canton Dale,” Revere had just begun to enjoy retirement when the recruiter’s drum called the men of Massachusetts to return to arms.

Though he could not answer the call himself, the American navy went to sea armed with Revere-made cannons. The copper mill he founded, now under the supervision of his son, turned out three tons of copper for naval use each week. Too old for military service, Revere was still ready to serve his country. He was the first man in Boston to volunteer for manual labor to aid in the preparation of the town’s fortifications. (Although it’s likely that employees of the mill did more shovel work than old Mr. Revere!) Discover more this July, with the “Boston Harbor and the War of 1812 – Guided Walking Tours.” Join the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the War of 1812. Explore the North End and Charlestown waterfronts as experienced guides share fascinating details about New England’s role in this controversial and little understood conflict. This bicentennial event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the American war most of us know the least about!

Boston Harbor and the War of 1812 – Guided Walking Tours
USS Constitution Rendering
Dates: Every Thursday in July (JULY 5, 12, 19, and 26)
Time: From 2:30pm – 4:00pm. Tours leave rain or shine with a limit of 20 persons per tour.

Price: Tickets are available at the Paul Revere House only. Price includes admission to the Paul Revere House. Admission to USS Constitution Museum is by donation.

Adults $6.00, Children 5-17 $1.50

Tour Start Location: Ticket holders meet at the statue of Paul Revere on Hanover Street in the North End.

Tour End Location: The tour will conclude at the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown.