Church bells will ring in all three locations – Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown – to commemorate their “new” names.
See below for a list of historic churches that will be tolling their bells in the celebration.
The Old South Meeting House (1766) will ring its Paul Revere bell to celebrate Boston’s naming. Claimed from a closed church in Westborough, the 876-pound bell is the oldest of the three Paul Revere bells on the Freedom Trail.
Immediately following the bell-ringing, you can also discover the lost history of pre-Revolutionary Boston on a free guided walking tour of the Boston Founders Trail which shares the people, places, and events of Boston from its founding in 1630 to the beginnings of the American Revolutionary War.
In Downtown Boston: In Dorchester: In Watertown:
First Church in Boston First Parish Church in Dorchester Redeemer Fellowship Church
King's Chapel First Baptist Church of Dorchester Church of The Good Shepherd
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