The oldest building in downtown Boston (built in 1680) is the former home of Paul Revere
, located in the city’s North End neighborhood
. Revere, of course, is famous for his midnight ride to Lexington, informing that the British were coming. A statue commemorating the event was erected close to the Old North Church
, where Robert Newman held two lanterns high atop the church as a signal from Revere that the British were coming by sea, not land. Thus the phrase: “One if by land, two if by sea,” and the beginning of the American Revolution. Close to the church you will find Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, Boston’s second-oldest burial ground.