Re-enactment of Lexington tea burning (December 13, 1773)

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Hear Rev. Clarke proclaim against use of tea, fife and drum music, come in Colonial dress if you can and contribute tea to the bonfire. Join us for coffee and hot chocolate inside Munroe Tavern.

Susan Rubenstein December 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I never heard of this. Can you expand on the subject matter?
Amanda Grant December 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Three days before the Boston Tea Party, citizens of Lexington burned all their tea in a common bonfire. Lexington’s minister Jonas Clarke issued an incendiary declaration of support for the people of Boston, warning that anyone in Lexington who consumed tea would be treated “as an enemy of this town and this country.” Clarke’s fiery words resonate through history, a foreshadowing of events to come: “Should the State of Our Affairs require it, We shall be ready to Sacrifice our Estates, and every thing dear in Life, Yea & Life itself, in support of the common Cause.”
Jane M. Morse December 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
A couple of comments: First, the correct address for Munroe Tavern is 1332 Mass. Ave. And second: Don't be bothered if you've never heard of this historic event. It had been lost to history and no one in "modern times" knew about this early tea burning in Lexington until researchers at the Lexington Historical Society unearthed the facts a few years back, studied the event, and found the sources. It's now an important part of our house tours and any discussion of Lexington in the 1700's! Jane Morse
Patrick Ball December 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hi Jane, Thanks for sharing that great information about the Tea Burning. Regarding the address, I'm not sure why the address on the listing has changed to the P.O. box, but the Munroe Tavern listing is actually managed by the Historical Society -- perhaps they'll provide a little insight.


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