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1789 1794 Methodist Church organized (First building-1828) George Washington visits the Flagg Tavern 1799 Reverend Samuel Kendal 35. Isaac Jones built the Golden Ball Tavern in 44. On the morning of April 19, 1775, 103 men 53. Boston Post Road and North Avenue were 1765-68. Six generations of the Jones family lived from the Weston militia marched to Concord and major routes used by farmers in western there into the mid-20th century. struck the British as they retreated back to Boston. Massachusetts to drive cattle and hogs to slaugh- 36. In the 18th century, water was often unsafe to 45. George Washington passed through Weston drink and tea was a luxury. Coffee was not in gen- in 1775 on his way to Cambridge to take command 54. 1796 is the first entry in town accounts where eral use. Cider and rum were the favored drinks. of Continental troops. dollars and cents are substituted for pounds, 37. In the 1760s, Abraham Hews established one 46. Colonel Henry Knox passed through Weston of the first potteries in New England, on Boston in the winter of 1775-76, hauling cannons captured Post Road. at Fort Ticonderoga. terhouses in Brighton. shillings, and pence. The changeover in currency went slowly. 55. Weston's Methodist church is one of the oldest of that denomination in New England, organ- 38. Four generations of the Hews family built up 47. The Baptist Society was established in 1776 the pottery business, which moved to a large new and built its first meetinghouse on South Avenue. factory in North Cambridge after the Civil War. In ized in 1794. 56. Early Methodists and Baptists had to pay the 1880s, A. H. Hews & Co. made more flower- 48. After the British army's defeat at Saratoga, taxes to support the town church. Later, they were pots than any other company in the world. General John Burgoyne and his captured soldiers allowed an exemption if they could prove they sup- were escorted to Boston. An estimated 2,000 or ported their own church. 39. Stagecoach travel began in 1772. The more camped overnight in the vicinity of the uncomfortable journey from Boston to New York "Burgoyne Elm" that once stood just east of the 57. In 1799, the town budget of $2,100 included City took up to a week. Fiske Law Office. $300 for the salary of the minister, Reverend 40. In 1773 there were 16 slaves in Weston, 49. The Burgoyne Elm was revered as a link to according to tax lists. the Revolutionary War period and American inde- 58. Young Harvard College students suspended pendence. It succumbed to Dutch elm disease in for breaches of discipline were sent to rusticate the 1960s. with Rev. Dr. Kendal, who "kept them up in their Samuel Kendal. 41. Samuel Phillips Savage was Weston's most prominent Revolutionary War patriot. He moderated studies…imparting moral stamina as well," accord- the meeting at Old South Church before the 50. Other famous men who passed through Boston Tea Party and later was chairman of the Weston on Boston Post Road included President Massachusetts Board of War. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and the Marquis 59. The first horse-drawn carriage in Weston was de Lafayette. owned and probably made by Isaac Hobbs at the 42. Weston had its own "Tea Party." Protesters ing to Lamson's history. end of the 18th century. Before that, traveling was 51. Washington slept overnight at the Flagg on horseback, with the whole family on a single etor Isaac Jones was suspected of Tory sympaWe l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 ransacked the Golden Ball Tavern because propri- Tavern on his journey through New England in horse using a pillion saddle. thies and continued to serve tea. 1789. The tavern, located where 725 Boston Post Road is today, was destroyed by fire in 1902. 43. Elisha Jones, Isaac's cousin, tried unsuccess- 60. In 1800, First Parish meetinghouse was remodeled and a bell tower added. Paul Revere fully to organize a Tory militia company and was 52. The Buttonwood twin trees on Boston Post made the new 997-pound bell, now in the steeple forced to flee to British-controlled Boston. Road may have been standing as far back as the of the present church. Revolutionary War. They are now just hollow trunks. 58

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