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The Old North Church is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.

BackgroundEdit

The church is the oldest one standing in Boston. Built in 1723, it is also the tallest church in the city, with a 191-foot-tall steeple.[1] It was involved in the American Revolutionary War on the night of April 18, 1775, when Robert Newman climbed to the top of the church and lit two lanterns to alert the patriots that British forces were advancing along the Charles River.[2]

LayoutEdit

Outside of the church is a monument to Paul Revere and Robert Newman, signifying the "midnight ride" of American Revolution history. The church has a large main floor consisting of an atrium with some broken collectors and two partially collapsed balconies, both reachable by stairs at the back, or a collapsed part near the front door to the right. It also has a fairly long basement tunnel, the 18/19th century crypt beneath the church, accessible to the right of the main door. A plaque can be found at the entrance that reads:

Built in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston. Its 191-foot-tall steeple also makes it the tallest church in Boston. On the night of April 18, 1775, Lieutenant Colonel Smith marched with 700 British soldiers to Concord on a mission to disarm the rebels. Using a plan devised by Paul Revere, Robert Newman climbed to the top of this church and lit two lanterns to alert patriots that the Redcoats were coming up the Charles River.Icon sic Thus inspiring Longfellow’s famous verse "One if by land, two if by sea." The battles of Lexington and Concord that followed would start the American Revolution.

The basement tunnel has a golden Freedom Trail seal on the wall. The phrase "The Freedom Trail - Boston" is on a turnable wheel with an arrow on the center. The arrow points to a letter and one can activate letters in a certain order to gain entrance to the Railroad (by spelling 'railroad' on the wheel) as part of the quest Road to Freedom. This will gain access to the Railroad HQ.

At the far wall of the atrium, opposite the passage leading down to the crypt, there is a small staircase with a door to the Old North Church steeple. The steeple is actually part of the exterior environment but is fully enclosed except above; the door exits into the bottom of the steeple stairwell which can be used to reach the roof of the church.

Notable lootEdit

Related questsEdit

NotesEdit

  • There is a combination riddle in the tunnels. The password is to spell "railroad" with the wheel (it does not matter which way the wheel is turned).
  • While there are multiple letters in some cases (such as "R"), note that only one will be able to be "selected" by the spinning wheel. This means one must enter the same "R" (in the same location on the wheel) twice, for example.
  • If the player character sides with the Brotherhood and destroys the Railroad, several Brotherhood soldiers will occupy the building.
  • When at this location companions make comments, these comments are activated at two locations: at the nave and in the catacombs.
Location comments
Character Specific location Comment
Cait nave "This church is fallin' apart at the seams."
catacombs "This better lead somewhere. I don't fancy spendin' the rest of the week wanderin' in circles."
Codsworth nave "It's sad to see the Old North Church in such devastation. Although few may still be able to appreciate it."
catacombs "I can't imagine anything friendly is hiding down here."
Curie nave "The Old North Church. Such history."
catacombs "Is anyone famous buried here, you think?"
Danse nave "For a location that holds historical significance, it's severlyIcon sic lacking in technology."
catacombs "These crypts would make an excellent place to seek shelter during a bombardment."
Deacon nave "No place like home."
catacombs "Part of me still feels its wrong using this place as a base. But we didn't have a lot of options."
John Hancock nave "Old girl's seen better days."
catacombs "Fanciest crypt in Boston."
Robert MacCready nave "I wonder how many people came here seeking absolution when the bombs started falling."
catacombs "Tunnel snakes rule! *Laugh* Sorry, heard that a long time ago."
Nick Valentine nave "Even after all these years, it still feels sacred."
catacombs "People have been down here. Recently."
Piper Wright nave "Real shame to see a place like this neglected."
catacombs "How far down you think these go?"
Preston Garvey nave "You ever heard of Paul Revere? One of the original Minutemen. One if by land, two if by sea - right here in the Old North Church."
catacombs "I had no idea these crypts were under here."
X6-88 nave "I suppose people stopped caring about churches and religion after the bombs fell."
catacombs "Good place for a synth to hide."

AppearancesEdit

The Old North Church appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • At the top of the church steeple, there are two lit lanterns, a reference to the historical use of this church to signal British troop movements on April 18, 1775, which later came to be remembered by the phrase "One if by land, and two if by sea".[3] Preston Garvey comments on this if he is taken into the church and explains its connection to the Minutemen of Massachusetts.
  • The tombs of Major John Pitcairn and William Shippard can be found. Pitcairn was a Scottish Marine who was interred in the Old North Church after being killed in the assault of Bunker Hill in 1775, while Shippard was a resident of the British colony in Massachusetts, passing away in 1744. Their tombs can also be found in the real-world Old North Church.

BugsEdit

  • PCIcon pc In some cases, the game will freeze when attempting to enter certain buildings in Boston Common, including Old North Church, making the quest Road to Freedom impossible to complete. The console command coc OldNorthChurch01 will teleport the player character into Old North Church, past the entrance to The Railroad. The console command tcl must be used to go through and open the door to The Railroad properly. Exiting through the front entrance works afterward .[verified]
  • PCIcon pc Sometimes the Old North Church's front door at the end of the trail can't be accessed making it impossible to proceed. Saving/quicksaving and reloading, even directly in front of the church entrance, should restore the door to functionality. Otherwise, reload a previous save game before entering the Old North Church's general area or use the console command listed above to teleport directly inside.[verified]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide - p. 467: Built in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston. Its 191-foot-tall steeple also makes it the tallest church in Boston.
  2. Preston Garvey's dialogue when taken here
  3. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide - p. 467: Using a plan devised by Paul Revere, Robert Newman climbed to the top of this church and lit two lanterns to alert patriots that the Redcoats were coming up the Charles River. This inspired Longfellow’s famous verse “One if by land, two if by sea.”
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