Your Guide — Ben Edwards
“Ben may be the closest thing you’ll ever get to walking Boston with a member of the Sons of Liberty or spending the afternoon with Paul Revere himself.” — From a review on TripAdvisor
Author and historian Ben Edwards has been a private tour guide in Boston since 2004. He has taught the American Revolution to thousands of students through school author visits and private guided walking tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Over the past decade, hundreds of groups from across the United States and visitors from around the globe have taken Ben Edwards’ Walking Boston private tour.
Ben is author of the children’s book One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass. The newly revised second edition was released at the iTunes Store in 2015. Tour participants receive the eBook as well as the 3 1/2-hour audio book on CD and MP3 audio. Written for ages 10-13, the book teaches American history, the power of imagination, and the value of goal setting. Set in Colonial Boston, the story follows Ben’s actual ancestors as they experience the events of Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence is read in Boston on July 18, 1776, the story transports readers into the future with fascinating and moving connections to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and World War I.
Tour participants, especially children, enjoy learning about the Edwards family connection to Paul Revere. In April 1775 author Ben Edwards’ fourth great grandfather, Benjamin Edwards, was a 10-year-old orphan living just down the street from Christ Church (Old North Church) when two signal lanterns were shown from its steeple and Paul Revere made his midnight ride. Ben lived with his uncle, a member of the Sons of Liberty, and toward the end of the American Revolution his older sister, Sally Edwards, married silversmith Paul Revere Jr., firstborn son of the famous patriot. Author Ben Edwards honors the memory of his ancestors by serving on the Board of Directors of the Paul Revere Memorial Association — a position he has held since 1999.
In addition to treasures that support his family history, Ben shares his collection of rare documents and historic newspapers along the tour route. The extensive collection includes documents signed by John Hancock and Boston Tea Party participants Thomas Melvill and Amos Lincoln; original colonial newspapers containing ads for Paul Revere’s many businesses; and much more. No other tour lets you experience Boston history this way.
Ben Edwards has been a resident of Boston’s Back Bay for 15 years and he knows the city inside out. With Ben’s tips and guidance, you won’t miss a thing Boston has to offer. As a tour participant/guest you’ll receive online access to all of Ben’s exclusive insider tips to help you plan your trip. While in Boston you can access this same valuable content on your smartphone.
Ben is the founder of Teach History, a company that develops products and lesson plans for educators that help engage and inspire their students. His Primary Source Audio series, a key component of the Teach History line, brings original press coverage of important moments in American history to life. Ben’s initial product on the Lincoln Assassination was released in April 2016.
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Letter of Recommendation from the Paul Revere House. Contact Ben by email.