The Fascinating World of Time Capsules


Oldest US Time Capsule

The oldest time capsule dating back to 1795 was found in Boston, United States. American Revolution patriot Revere and Adams originally placed the relic under a cornerstone of the Boston Statehouse in 1795. It was first opened in 1855 when its contents were cleaned and new items were placed inside.

According to the reports “”X-rays revealed what is believed to be a collection of silver and copper coins (dating from 1652 and 1855); an engraved silver plate; a copper medal depicting George Washington; newspapers; the seal of the Commonwealth; cards; and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records.” The stone plate at the was engraved with the information about the laying of the cornerstone box.