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The Devil and The Crown

  • Faneuil Hall 4 South Market Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Join the Bostonian Society, Revolution 250, and the National Park Service for a day of Revolutionary action, recreating events that happened 250 years ago.

In the aftermath of the French and Indian War and with harsh taxes being imposed by British Crown, the people of Boston were restless. The fall of 1767 saw colonists of all classes organizing boycotts, drafting petitions, and marching in the streets to protest British policies.

Experience this turbulent moment with a full day of immersive history. Participate in a live reenactment of a Boston town meeting, interact with citizens debating the issues of the day, and join in a rowdy procession to the very seat of British government.

All events and activities are FREE.

  • 11:00AM - 2:00 PM: “Goods for Your Master, Taxes for Your King”
    Education Space in the basement level at Faneuil Hall
    Come try your luck as a young apprentice in this colonial marketplace game. Whether you buy, barter, or smuggle, the goal's the same: bring all your goods back to your employer and get promoted! This drop-in program is best for ages 6-10.
  • 1:00PM - 4:30PM: “Talk of the Town”
    Samuel Adams Park, directly in front of Faneuil Hall
    Meet reenactors portraying Bostonians of different social classes and learn about why they are protesting the new laws.
  • 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm: “Revolutionary Town Meeting: 1767 Townshend Acts”
    Faneuil Hall, Great Hall (second floor)
    Stand up! Speak Out! Join a lively meeting to debate Boston’s response to the hated Townshend Acts. Character cards are available.
  • 5:00PM: Procession from Faneuil Hall to Old State House
  • 5:30PM – 6:30PM:
    Old State House
    Dive into Boston’s Revolutionary past and explore the galleries inside the Old State House.

A joint program of Boston National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, The Bostonian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and Revolution 250

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