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from the late 1790s and the family's sofa." The Jones family, generation after generation, saved furniture, accessories, building parts, and docu- ments of all kinds. "We're so lucky," Bines says. "When we need some- thing we've been able to go into the barn or attic to get it." Ninety percent of objects on view have come from the property. Close examination of the tap room ceiling revealed a faint outline in the paint. Research indicated this was likely evidence of an enclo- sure from which drinks were served and alcohol and serving pieces kept secure. The right-angled partition, with solid wood panels below a serving shelf and wooden bars to the ceiling, illustrates the origin of "bar," according to Bines, a term used today for an establishment sell- ing alcoholic drinks. A replica, evocative of what an early bar would have looked like, is on view in the tap room. Visitors see the tavern's above-ground archeology through wall notes, openings protected by Plexiglas, and mirrors. An opening in the tap room wall shows brickwork for the beehive oven within the kitchen fireplace, and a hinged piece of molding can be lifted to show the absence of paint underneath. 78 The Golden Ball Tavern 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 ( C O N T I N U E D O N P A G E 8 3 ) 072-085_WWMb14_golden ball tavern_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:09 PM Page 78

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