Old South Meeting House, Where the Boston Tea Party Began

2+ Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $6 Per Adult / $1 Per Child

Old South Meeting House, Where the Boston Tea Party Began

2+ Hours
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      Old South Meeting House, Where the Boston Tea Party Began

      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
      From (USD) $6 Per Adult / $1 Per Child
      • Old South Meeting House: Hear the echoes of impassioned cries for liberty and see a 3D model showing the route the Sons of Liberty took to ships in the harbor.
      • Voices of Protest exhibit: Discover the compelling people who changed the country's future and the heritage of protest and free speech that continues today.
      • Rare revolutionary-era treasures: See John Hancock's writing desk, tea leaves from the Tea Party, enslaved poet Phillis Wheatley's first-edition book, and more.


      About this Boston, Massachusetts tour

      The brewing trouble about tea came to a boil in 1773. Three boats loaded with tea sat at anchor in the Boston Harbor, and American patriots were adamant the cargo would not be unloaded. The Tea Act of 1773 charged taxes on tea brought into the American colonies - an injustice that attracted thousands of protesters for the largest political meetings ever held in Colonial Boston.

      So many came that meetings had to be moved from Faneuil Hall to Old South Meeting House, the city's largest building at the time. Citizens from all walks of life thronged the hall merchants, professionals, artisans, and laborers. Steadfast in their agreement that the tea would not be landed, they signed their resolve very simply: by "The People."

      The lid blew off steaming events on December 16, 1773. With diplomatic efforts exhausted, the Sons of Liberty were ready to get the party started. They rushed to the harbor, joined by supporters disguised by soot-blacked faces. In just three hours, 340 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor. The people had spoken.

      The next day, Founding Father John Adams wrote prophetically about the Tea Party. "This destruction of the tea is so bold, so daring, so intrepid and so inflexible, and it must have so important consequences and so lasting that I can't but consider it an epoch in history." Adams didn't need tea leaves to read America's future.

      All the tea in China

      Well, not quite. But a lot of tea went overboard into the harbor. Several varieties of black and green tea from China were aboard the three ships, totaling about 46 tons of tea leaves. After the Boston Tea Party, English importer, the East India Company, reported the tea was worth £9,659 nearly $2 million today. The wasted tea was enough to brew 18,523,000 cups. Too bad everyone couldn't just get along.

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