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principle for uncovering and displaying the house and family's history, a social document that continues to inform our understanding of local people and events. Following Ralph Jones's death shortly thereafter, a committee headed by Gambrill established the Golden Ball Tavern Trust, a nonprofit, edu- cational organization to purchase the house and property. Today the Trust continues to operate the museum, with volunteer board members actively involved in preservation, property maintenance, education, and outreach, under the leadership of museum director Joan Bines. Boston Post Road has long been a busy thoroughfare, from its inception in the 1670s as a mail route between New York City and Boston, and today, for commuters circumventing the Route 20 Bypass to travel between Wayland and Waltham and Interstate 95. The antique dwelling with muted green-gold clapboards is notable for its simplicity: no fancy landscaping or updated windows. A small sign, "At the sign of the Golden Ball," discreetly announces its presence and its placement on the National Register of Historic Places. "The saga of the Jones family is complex and fascinating," says Board of Trustees president Peter Lord. "We want more than ever to get the story out." Weston 300, the town's tri-centennial celebration in 2013, brought new people to the tavern to take tours and begin docent training, and Lord sees the museum poised to involve more people in its mission. Many in the community know the Golden Ball Tavern for the annual Outdoor Antiques Show and Sale, held on the lawn on the last Saturday in September. In its 47th year, the Antiques Show is the museum's principal fundraiser. "We're lucky to be independently owned and managed," says Tare Newbury, who with his wife Sue Newbury chaired the Antiques Show for many years. "We're fortunate 74 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 Weston's Golden Ball Tavern has many stories to tell, some through the physical attributes of the house and oth- ers in the language that survives in documents, letters, and publications. As museum director, Joan Bines has been immersed in the words and syntax of American history for more than 30 years. A word lover and photogra- pher, Bines has gathered more than one hundred examples in Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now to tell an amazing and entertaining story about our New England heritage. Many words and phrases in use today have origins in colonial speech. Most we use without knowing their derivation. In Words They Lived By, topics range from men and women and their work, to home, politics, and mil- itary terms. What's the meaning of "macaroni" in the colonial ditty Yankee Doodle? What were "tenterhooks" then and what's the meaning now? Terms like "backlog," "easy chair," "john," "red tape," and "powder room" often have surprising antecedents. Have you used the phrase "at loggerheads" but aren't sure what it really means? Come to the Golden Ball Tavern to see the museum's loggerhead excavated from a dirt floor and learn why the iron bar was also known as a "flip dog." In Words They Lived By words tell stories and history comes alive. Words They Lived By is available for purchase at www.goldenballtavern.org. Words They Lived By Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now B Y J O A N P. B I N E S S D I R E C T O R O F T H E G O L D E N B A L L TAV E R N M U S E U M 072-085_WWMb14_golden ball tavern_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:06 PM Page 74

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