18th-century time capsule buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams pulled out of Mass. State House
A time capsule dating back to 1795 was extracted on Thursday from underneath a cornerstone at the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Globe reported.
WCVB-TV reported that, according to historical records, the capsule was originally buried under the cornerstone by then-Gov. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and William Scollay. Scollay, a militia officer during the American Revolution, later became a real estate developer. Scollay’s Square, a downtown neighborhood named after him, was founded on the site of what is currently known as the city’s Government Center.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin (D) told ABC News that records also indicate that the capsule, which was recovered and reburied in 1855, contains a title page from the state’s colony records, a Commonwealth seal, an engraved silver Paul Revere plate and coins and newspapers dating between 1652 and 1855.
“We know that some of the items were washed with acid in 1855 because of the humidity,” Galvin said. “We don’t know if that caused deterioration. We are still hopeful that the contents are in good condition. It’s hard work. Back then they probably had a horse and buggy transport that cornerstone and it is still solid today.”
Five coins — believed to have been placed with the capsule for good luck when it was buried — fell out during the excavation project, but the contents will not be revealed until next week, following an X-ray analysis by the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Watch WCVB’s report, as posted online on Thursday, below.