Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Paul Revere, Lantern, American Revolution,

“Listen, my children and you shall hear...”  Today is the eighteenth of April-the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn his fellow colonists of the impending invasion by the British.  Paul Revere’s ride was vividly commemorated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in a poem that many school children memorized.   (I can still recite the first half!)

Paul Revere, Lanterns

“Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light…One if by land and two if by sea…”

It is easy to forget that Paul Revere was a real man–not just a fictional character from Longfellow’s poem.  He was a famous silversmith in the late 1700s and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts the most complete  tea service of Paul Revere silver!

Paul Revere Silver Service

Paul Revere Silver

So raise your tea-cup in honor of Paul Revere, the American colonists and our British cousins!  Happy 18th of April!

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