You’ve all heard the phrase “One if by land, and two if by sea”. Well, today, I am going to show you where it came from: The Old North Church in the North End of Boston.
The famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” secret signal is said to have been orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. In April of 1775, Paul Revere told three Boston patriots to hang two lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church -one lantern meant that the troops chose the longer land route and two lanterns meant the shorter route by water, leaving less time for patriots to react.
The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord.
And the rest is history.
The Old North Church is located at 193 Salem Street in the North End of Boston.