Today in History: Paul Revere’s Legendary Ride

240 years ago today, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “the fate of the nation was riding” in a literal and figurative sense, on Paul Revere. At least, that’s what popular legend would have us believe.

But how accurate is the tale? The basics of Longfellow’s poem ring true. On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode through Middlesex County to warn of approaching British soldiers. But Longfellow’s account takes a little creative license on some of the more glamorous aspects of the historical night. I’ve added…is this anything like the creative license the Government takes?…but I digress…

According to, the historical site of the legendary Old North Church, the true events were “far more interesting.” Here’s a game of fact or fiction for the anniversary of this piece of local, and national, history.

And you can read these at  Paul Revere’s Legendary Ride

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