Second Sunday Open House Tours

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Join us for a special tour event  Our March Second Sunday Open House Tours will have a special focus as we prepare to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Weston Tea Party on March 28th.  Join us and learn more about the attack on the Golden Ball and how it helped to shape the history of Weston.

Background to the event: In 1774, a group of irate citizens (Patriots) organized the "Weston Tea Party", painting their faces and raiding the Golden Ball Tavern, sending a warning to Isaac Jones (and perhaps hoping to capture him, though he was away at the time).  Isaac was considered to be loyal to the Crown and the local citizens were not happy.   They broke down the door, smashed windows and crockery and stole items from the bar, frightening his wife who was upstairs with a newborn.  We are pleased to offer free Second Sunday Open Houses at the Golden Ball Tavern Museum every second Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m., January to November (in December we have a special Holiday Event). To learn about other special events and openings you can visit our website at www.gbtmuseum.org.

Our guides will lead you through the house and tell stories of the Jones family and our wonderful revolutionary history.  The museum has a vast collection of original artifacts and furnishings on display

The Golden Ball Tavern was established and operated by prominent Weston resident, Isaac Jones.  The tavern "at the sign of the Golden Ball" operated as an inn from 1770 to 1793 and played a pivotal role in the unfolding of the Revolutionary War when it served as a base for British spies, was the site of the Weston Tea Party and had a brief visit from Paul Revere's men. The house and Tavern were later occupied and carefully preserved for 200 years by six generations of the Jones family until it was acquired by the Golden Ball Tavern Trust in the 1960's. 

Here history still lives and breathes, telling the story of change through time. Come and explore this unique Revolutionary era tavern and learn of "the spies who went out in the cold", the "other" tea party, and the eventful visit of Paul Revere's men.

The Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is entirely self-sustaining.