Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Golden Ball Tavern, Weston

Near the center of Weston stands the the Golden Ball Tavern. Built in 1768, the owner, Isaac Jones, began its service as a tavern in 1770.

In all of the furor over the tax on tea, Jones continued to serve tea - to the consternation of some in the area. In 1774, he was accused of being a traitor and, in March of that year - while he was away on business - the tavern was stormed and looted by some of the more exciteable patriots. However, Jones was able to continue to keep the tavern open.

In February 1775, the Golden Ball Tavern hosted two travelers from Boston - "spies" or more appropriately, scouts acting on orders from General Gage. They met with Jones. When offered tea, they knew that they were in the company of a Loyalist.

But by 1777, Jones had found the true path and embraced the rebellion. In that year, Jones could found bringing supplies to the French in New York. Jones remained in Weston until his death in 1813. The home - no longer a tavern after 1793 - remained in the Jones family until 1963.

The tavern is located at 662 Boston Post Road in Weston. Today the Tavern hosts the occasional antique show and houses a museum. Visits are possible by calling (781) 894-1751; the courtesy of calling a week in advance is asked.

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