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20. Old North Vestry votes to divide and sell the Bay Pew, Sept. 5, 1759. Old North Church (Christ Church in the City of Boston) records, vestry book, 1724-1802, Ms. N-2249. Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The story of the Bay Pew was largely forgotten for the next 200 years until the Old North Church emerged as a popular tourist destination. A national campaign raised funds to rebuild the famous steeple after it was destroyed by Hurricane Carol in August 1954. By the early 1960s, the church interior contained brass markers identifying the original owners and occupants of pews, like the Gentlemen of the Bay of Honduras, and lore surrounding the ride of Paul Revere.


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