ATG Quirkies: Paul Revere and Samuel Adams Time Capsule Opened

Talk about a blast from the past!

Shannon McMahon of Boston.Com reports that a Colonial era time capsule was recently opened after being “discovered in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House on December 11.”

 CC-BY-SA-3.0 from Wikimedia Commons

CC-BY-SA-3.0 from Wikimedia Commons

The small brass box contained a number of cool artifacts including “two dozen centuries-old coins and a medal depicting George Washington, a silver plate marking the day the capsule was placed, a paper impression of the seal of the Commonwealth, a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records, and

the front pages of five folded newspapers.”

Adding to its significance conservators say the time capsule was originally placed in 1795 by “Paul Revere…  then Governor Samuel Adams, and Colonel William Scollay.” Evidently it was first discovered and reburied in 1855 along with artifacts relevant to that era.

This is the second time capsule found in Boston in recent months. One “dating back to 1901 was discovered atop Boston’s Old State House this October.”

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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