The secrets of Paul Revere’s 1795 time capsule

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Revere's ride
Paul Revere is famous for his “Midnight Ride”, warning the Colonial militia that British forces.

Boston officials unearthed a time capsule from 1795, buried by American Revolution heroes Samuel Adams and Paul Revere almost 220 years ago. That’s older than your great-great grandpa! The box had historic treasures like five folded newspapers and 24 coins, as well as a rectangular silver plate that historians believed was made and engraved by Revere.

Famous for his “Midnight Ride” on horseback, Revere alerted the Colonial militia that British forces were coming before the battles of Lexington and Concord. He was also a rich silversmith who helped equip navy ships.

Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the USA, like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, who encouraged the 13 colonies to break free of Britain’s rule. He guided Congress towards issuing the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and helped create the Constitution and Bill of Rights for America’s legal system. Plus, he was a cousin of John Adams, who became the second President of the USA.

Featured image courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Facebook.