Proclamation of the "Bells" Journey

Proclamation of the "Bells" Journey (HM26AQ)

Location: Boston, MA 02108 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 21.688', W 71° 3.425'

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Oldest Tavern in the United States

—1795 —

"Old Jimmy" Wilson, Boston's last town crier, first hoisted the sign of the "Bell" in 1795 under the Exchange Coffee House in Congress Square.
The tavern gained a popular reputation for selling "the best Ale in Boston," and flourished under a succession of keepers.

When it's stock in trade was relocated to Pi Alley in 1853, the ale house thrived amidst the bustle of "Newspaper Row," and soon became a social hub for newspaper men, bankers, Harvard professors, artists and writers.

After another move to Devonshire Street, the Bell-In-Hand, under the proprietorship of Morris Levi, continues its centuries old tradition here on the corner of historic Union and Hanover Streets.

This landmark building seems an appropriate location for "Old Jimmy" Wilson's sign to hang.

Today the Bell-In-Hand is managed by Eddie and Bryna Kaplan.
HM NumberHM26AQ
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Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 330601 N 4691960
Decimal Degrees42.36146667, -71.05708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 21.688', W 71° 3.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 21' 41.28" N, 71° 3' 25.5" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 508, 857
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 145 Hanover St, Boston MA 02108, US
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