Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to telling the story of December 16, 1773. Be inspired by the award-winning film "Let it Begin Here".
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Join Samuel Adams and the Sons and Daughters of Liberty as we take part in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution! Throw tea overboard from one of two fully-restored 18th century sailing vessels. See the Robinson Tea Chest, the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Come relive the famous night that forever changed the course of American Hi

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12/07/2023

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Huge thanks to USAA and the USS Constitution Museum for donating 374 lbs of tea honoring both the 250th Anniversary of t...
12/06/2023

Huge thanks to USAA and the USS Constitution Museum for donating 374 lbs of tea honoring both the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and the 124th Army Navy Game being played at Gillette Stadium this Saturday, December 9th at 3pm ET.
250+124=374!!!
All of today’s tea was donated by US Veteran run tea companies.

This is the final image  #5 of 6 of the photography project “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of ...
12/05/2023

This is the final image #5 of 6 of the photography project “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography.
"A portrait showing the reality of the quality of the later years of Phillis Wheatley’s life."
On March 12, 1778, Phillis’ former enslaver, John Wheatley, died, leaving nothing in his will to Phillis. Less than a month later Phillis announced her intentions to marry and moved in with a free black man, and “shopkeeper” or “grocer” named John Peters. Within the first year of marriage, Phillis Wheatley Peters endeavored to garner support to publish a new book of poetry twice as long and ambitious as her first, even dedicating it to the “Right Honorable Benjamin Franklin Esq.” In late 1779 “Phillis Peters” laid out an advertisement that ran for weeks, describing her book project and it’s cost in detail. Unfortunately, the second book project was never printed. By late 1780, Phillis and John Peters almost completely disappear from public records for almost four years.
When the couple does resurface, they struggle with extreme poverty and debt. John Peters is taken to court over business dealings on more than one occasion and ultimately lands in debtor’s prison. Phillis is forced to take a job as a maid in a local boardinghouse and ironically only as a free woman endures the rigors of domestic labor. Phillis passed away 239 years ago today on December 5, 1784.
Today is the final day to see the full exhibit in Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Please stay tuned for the next Boston location of this incredible exhibit on the incomparable Phillis Wheatley Peters.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

Step back in time at Abigail's Tea Room and sip on a delightful variety of teas. 🫖      https://bit.ly/2XaqfWD
12/05/2023

Step back in time at Abigail's Tea Room and sip on a delightful variety of teas. 🫖 https://bit.ly/2XaqfWD

  250 Years Ago the Boston Committee of Correspondence meets and summons Captain James Bruce of the recently arrived tea...
12/05/2023

250 Years Ago the Boston Committee of Correspondence meets and summons Captain James Bruce of the recently arrived tea vessel Eleanor and Captain James Scott of John Hancock's vessel Hayley, which was not carrying East India Company Tea, but rather left London at the same time as all the tea ships. The Captains are questioned regarding the shipments of tea.
“Captain Bruce attended or desired, and informed upon being asked, that he had not brought one pound of tea on his own account, and that his Bill of Lading for the tea onboard expressed that it was shipped by the Honorable East India Company on their own account and risk.”
Pictured: Captain James Scott

Today, on this anniversary day of Phillis Wheatley Peters’ passing, is the final day to view our temporary photography e...
12/05/2023

Today, on this anniversary day of Phillis Wheatley Peters’ passing, is the final day to view our temporary photography exhibit by Valerie Anselme “A Poet’s Journey” a look at the life of the famed 18th Century poetess. On display in Abigail’s Tea Room.

  250 Years Ago Boston receives a letter from Philadelphia:“Our Tea Consignees have all resign’d, and you need not fear;...
12/04/2023

250 Years Ago Boston receives a letter from Philadelphia:
“Our Tea Consignees have all resign’d, and you need not fear; the Tea will not be landed here or at New York. All that we fear is, that you will shrink at Boston. You have fail’d us in the Importation of Tea from London since the Non-importation Agreement, and we fear you will suffer this to be landed.”
Some historians debate whether this letter was honestly penned by a Philadelphian, or by a Boston Son of Liberty looking to incense the crowd and further push the town to a decisive action...like perhaps sending the ships back to England or perhaps a plan "B"? Pictured: 1761 View of Philadelphia; based on original by George Heap.

Image  #5 of 6 “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography:"Phillis Wheatley reimagi...
12/04/2023

Image #5 of 6 “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography:
"Phillis Wheatley reimagined" with the status she should have received based on her writing acclaim as well as celebrating her culture through accessories and hair style. The stylistic choices here represent aspects of the Fulani Tribe culture and is shot to be reminiscent of a John Singleton Copley portrait.
This portrait and the full exhibit are currently on display in Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum through December 5th.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

Less than 2 weeks to go until the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!!!
12/04/2023

Less than 2 weeks to go until the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!!!

The Boston Tea Party was one of the first major acts of defiance against British rule and “changed the course of American history,” said Evan O’Brien, creative director at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, which is hosting the Dec. 16 event.

Image  #4 of 6 “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography:A recreation of the front...
12/03/2023

Image #4 of 6 “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography:
A recreation of the frontispiece: 'Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral'.
In spring of 1773 Susanna Wheatley wrote to her friend Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon,: “Phillis being in a poor state of Health, the Physicians advise to the Sea air and as my son is coming to England upon some Business and as so good an opportunity presented I tho't it my duty to send her & as your Ladiship has condesended to take so much notice of my Dear Phillis as to permit her Book to Dedicate to you, and desiring her Picture in the Frontispiece:”
This image features a recreation of the frontispiece with a dress historically recreated by the Wardrobe Team at the Boston Tea Party Ships & museum.
Featured on the writing table in the portrait is the recently acquired first-edition of Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral of 1773, which will be added and featured in the museum experience in the very near future.
Full exhibit including the dress pictured is currently on display in Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum through December 5th.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

  250 Years Ago Captain James Bruce and Merchant John Rowe are summoned by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and or...
12/03/2023

250 Years Ago Captain James Bruce and Merchant John Rowe are summoned by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and ordered to bring the vessel Eleanor to Griffin’s Wharf. They comply with the order. It is cited that by docking the tea ships at the same wharf, it will only require a single watch to guard them. Both vessels are now under the watchful eye of the people, and removed from a formal military presence.

  250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth through December 11th "Thursday, Dec. 2. Cloudy weather; began to deliver our goo...
12/02/2023

250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth through December 11th "Thursday, Dec. 2. Cloudy weather; began to deliver our goods, and continued to land them from day to day, till Saturday, Dec. 11, having a guard of 25 men every night."

Image  #3 of 6  “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography: “Phillis Wheatley with ...
12/02/2023

Image #3 of 6 “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography: “Phillis Wheatley with the Wheatley family learning to read and write.”
Young Phillis Wheatley proved to have an extraordinary capacity to learn and began reading the Bible, Greek and Latin classics, and literature. As her skills flourished she began to write poetry herself. The Wheatley family would often flaunt Phillis’ skills in front of company.
Full exhibit currently on display in Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum through December 5th.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

  250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth: "Wednesday, Dec. 1. This 24 hours cloudy weather: warped from Rowe’s to Griffin’...
12/01/2023

250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth: "Wednesday, Dec. 1. This 24 hours cloudy weather: warped from Rowe’s to Griffin’s wharf; got out old junk and moored ship—getting our sails and cables on shore."

Two weeks until BTP250! Let’s Gooo!
12/01/2023

Two weeks until BTP250! Let’s Gooo!

To honor founding father Samuel Adams leading the Boston Tea Party 250 years ago, setting in motion the American Revolution, the brewery named in his honor is offering a special beer with a couple of unique twists. Beermaker Samuel Adams has developed a historically sourced green tea pale ale to mar...

  250 Years Ago Captain Hall warps the Dartmouth from Rowe’s Wharf and moors at Griffin’s Wharf; the ship’s sails and ca...
12/01/2023

250 Years Ago Captain Hall warps the Dartmouth from Rowe’s Wharf and moors at Griffin’s Wharf; the ship’s sails and cables are brought ashore. Word is also sent to New York and Philadelphia recounting the meetings of the two previous days. John Singleton Copley (son-in-law to tea Consignee Richard Clarke) writes to Jonathan and Isaac Clarke at Castle William (Castle Island) regarding the ongoing meetings.

Image  #2 of 6 of photography project “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography. "...
12/01/2023

Image #2 of 6 of photography project “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography.
"Phillis Wheatley on a wharf after having survived the brutal journey to Boston."
At wharves such as Boston’s Long Wharf, enslaved Africans were sold alongside other imports. After being purchased by a Boston merchant named John Wheatley as a gift for his wife Susanna, the young girl was stripped of her African identity and renamed after the slave ship that transported her to Boston.
Full exhibit currently on display in Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum through December 5th.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

On Tuesday 11/28, the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of poet Phillis Wheatley's book of poetry “Poems on Various Subje...
11/30/2023

On Tuesday 11/28, the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of poet Phillis Wheatley's book of poetry “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” to Boston, we unveiled a photography project by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography, entitled “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey”, depicting the life of the acclaimed 18th Century poet. As we celebrate both the 250th Anniversary of the East India Tea's arrival to Boston alongside Ms. Wheatley's book of poetry, we will present each image here over the next several days. Ms. Anselme’s portraits are currently on display at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum until December 5th, the anniversary of Ms. Wheatley Peters' passing.
Image #1: "A young Phillis as a child captured at the Senegambia port in the vessel “Phillis”".
The seven-year-old girl, likely of Gambia (an area on the Western coast of Africa near Senegal) was one of the kidnapped enslaved people traded in exchange for “2,640 gallons of rum and other goods”. On its 245 day voyage from Africa to Boston in 1760-1761, The Phillis carried “96 slaves,” however only 75 Africans would survive the journey. The Phillis reached Boston on July 11, 1761.
📷: Valerie Anselme, Anselme Photography©

  250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth: "Tuesday, Nov. 30. This 24 hours cloudy weather; got under way, and turned up to...
11/30/2023

250 Years Ago: Ship's Log, Dartmouth: "Tuesday, Nov. 30. This 24 hours cloudy weather; got under way, and turned up to [John] Rowe’s wharf. Employed unbending the sails, getting our boats out, &c. A watch of 25 men on board this night, to see that the Tea is not landed."

  250 Years Ago The “Body of the People” reconvenes at Old South Meeting House. The Consignees offer to store the tea un...
11/30/2023

250 Years Ago The “Body of the People” reconvenes at Old South Meeting House. The Consignees offer to store the tea until they receive further instructions regarding the tea, but declare that it’s out of their power to send the tea back to London. This is deemed "unsatisfactory", and nothing short of sending the tea back will be acceptable! Sheriff Stephen Greenleaf relays Governor Hutchinson's Proclamation order for the assembly “to disperse and to surcease all further unlawful proceedings at your utmost Peril”. A loud "hiss" fills the hall and the people vote to ignore the order.
Painter John Singleton Copley has informed the meeting that the consignees have received their orders from the East India Company on board the Dartmouth last evening. However the Consignees are unavailable as they have fled town, some relocating to the security of Castle Island, an island fortress in Boston Harbor occupied by Col. Alexander Leslie's various regiments of His Majesty's Army.
Research suggests that between the printing of the Proclamation Order on November 29th and the reading of the document in the "Body of the People" on the 30th, that John Hancock's name had been scratched out and attorney Johnathan Williams' name written in as he had been nominated "Moderator" after Mr. Hancock declined his nomination because he was expected to be called away to a Governor's Council Meeting.

  in 1830, Boston Tea Party Participant James Starr passed away in Jay, Maine. Starr was the youngest of five children. ...
11/30/2023

in 1830, Boston Tea Party Participant James Starr passed away in Jay, Maine. Starr was the youngest of five children. After serving in the French & Indian War, he settled in Boston and then Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a 33 year old cooper at the time of the Boston Tea Party. Following his service in the Revolutionary War, he moved to Jay, Maine, settling there around the same time as fellow Boston Tea Party Participant Jonathan Parker. Both Starr and Parker are described as destroying the tea together in the 1912 History of Jay, Maine by Benjamin F. Lawrence. Starr served as a selectman for the town of Jay and served as town clerk and treasurer for a number of years. We were honored to place commemorative markers at the graves of both James Starr and Jonathan Parker during our trip to Maine in October of 2022.

  250 Years Ago The Dartmouth's Ship's Log reads: "Monday, Nov. 29. This 24 hours pleasant weather, lying at anchor unde...
11/30/2023

250 Years Ago The Dartmouth's Ship's Log reads: "Monday, Nov. 29. This 24 hours pleasant weather, lying at anchor under the Admiral’s stern; the Captain went on shore, there being a great disturbance about the Tea. A town-meeting was held, which came to a resolution the Tea should never be landed. Had a guard of 25 men come on board this night at 9, P.M."

More great coverage from yesterday's big events!
11/29/2023

More great coverage from yesterday's big events!

A limited edition beer honoring the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party is now available at Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain and at the brewer’s downtown taproom.

  250 Years Ago Citizens of Boston and the surrounding towns gather as the “Body of the People” at Faneuil Hall to discu...
11/29/2023

250 Years Ago Citizens of Boston and the surrounding towns gather as the “Body of the People” at Faneuil Hall to discuss the arrival of the tea aboard the Dartmouth. Despite being an “unofficial” town meeting it is still attended by Boston’s prominent political leaders, including: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, William Phillips, Thomas Cushing, Dr. Joseph Warren, Dr. Thomas Young, Dr. Benjamin Church, William Molineux, Josiah Quincy, the Town Selectmen, as well as members of the Committees of Correspondence and the North End Caucus.
Noting that the crowd has grown too large for Faneuil Hall, it is decided to move the meeting to the Old South Meeting House, the largest meeting hall in Boston. When the “Body of the People” reconvenes at Old South Meeting House, it is estimated that nearly 2500 people attend. Both of these buildings still stand today.

Explore our gift shop's latest arrivals and seize the opportunity to take home limited edition pieces celebrating the 25...
11/29/2023

Explore our gift shop's latest arrivals and seize the opportunity to take home limited edition pieces celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party! 🤗 🎄 https://bit.ly/31sPbOo

  250 Years Ago this broadside (recreation) greeted Boston at first light, calling the people to Faneuil Hall at 9 o'clo...
11/29/2023

250 Years Ago this broadside (recreation) greeted Boston at first light, calling the people to Faneuil Hall at 9 o'clock in the morning to "make a united and successful resistance" against the now arrived East India Company Tea!

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11/29/2023

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Tuesday marked 250 years since the first of three Boston Tea Party ships filled with tea arrived in the city. At the BostonRe...

  250 Years Ago: Captain's Log Book, Dartmouth: "Sunday, Nov. 28. This 24 hours first part fresh breezes, hazy weather, ...
11/29/2023

250 Years Ago: Captain's Log Book, Dartmouth: "Sunday, Nov. 28. This 24 hours first part fresh breezes, hazy weather, with rain at times. At sunset fetched close in with the Graves; tacked to the southward. At 10, P.M., came to anchor about two miles from the Light-House, got our boat out, and went on shore for the pilot. At 4, A.M., the pilot, Mr. Minzey, came on board. At 6, got under way, wind WNW. turned up Ship Channel and came to anchor in King’s Road. At 11, the tide being ebb, got under way, and turned up and came to anchor under the Admiral’s stern [i.e., Adm. John Montagu’s flagship, H.M.S. Captain]. At 10 at night, two Custom-House officers were boarded upon us by the Castle, we being the first ship ever boarded in this manner, which happened on account of our having the East India Company’s accursed dutiable Tea on board."

This busy day of events continues in the Granary Burial Ground with a commemoration of Samuel Adams and John Hancock as ...
11/28/2023

This busy day of events continues in the Granary Burial Ground with a commemoration of Samuel Adams and John Hancock as “Architects of the Boston Tea Party”. Today’s event is the culmination of placing commemorative markers at over 130 final resting places of known Boston Tea Party Participants. Many thanks to Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative, Professor Robert Allison and Jonathan Lane of Revolution250, Author Historian Ira Stoll, and Author Historian Brook Barbier of Ye Olde Tavern Tours and the Henry Knox Guard.

Today we announce both the unveiling of “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey” a photography project by Valerie Anselme of...
11/28/2023

Today we announce both the unveiling of “Phillis Wheatley, a Poet’s Journey” a photography project by Valerie Anselme of Anselme Photography, depicting the life of acclaimed 18th Century poet; AND the acquisition of a First Edition of Ms. Wheatley’s book of poetry, “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral”. This book was published in 1773 and shipped to Boston onboard the vessel Dartmouth also carrying the fated East India Company Tea, which arrived 250 years ago. Ms. Anselme’s portraits will be on display at the BTPSM for one week until December 5th.

  250 Years Ago the vessel Dartmouth has arrived in Boston harbor! By 11am the vessel has passed the Castle and anchors ...
11/28/2023

250 Years Ago the vessel Dartmouth has arrived in Boston harbor! By 11am the vessel has passed the Castle and anchors off the stern of Admiral Montagu’s flagship the Captain, about 400 yards off the end of Long Wharf. News of her arrival quickly spreads through Boston! By noon, the Board of Selectmen meet privately, expecting to hear from Consignee Jonathan Clarke regarding any proposals. Jonathan does not appear and the Selectmen are informed that he is out of town. They adjourn.
The Committee of Correspondence also meet and appoint Samuel Adams to draft a letter to neighboring townships, inviting citizens to meet at 9am tomorrow morning at Faneuil Hall to discuss the tea’s arrival. They also appoint a committee led by William Molineux, to speak with Francis Rotch, owner of the Dartmouth, and request that he delay reporting the vessel to the Custom House until November 30th. Mr. Rotch agrees. At 5pm, the Selectmen reconvene again, awaiting proposals from the Clarkes. They send messengers to their home as well as homes of the other Consignees, only to find that they are all out of town.

  250 Years Ago: Late in the afternoon, tea Consignees, Jonathan Clarke and his brother Isaac meet with the Boston Board...
11/27/2023

250 Years Ago: Late in the afternoon, tea Consignees, Jonathan Clarke and his brother Isaac meet with the Boston Board of Selectmen in their chambers inside Faneuil Hall. Jonathan insists, dishonestly, that he had not sought the consignment of tea for his family’s merchant firm, claiming that he finds the arrangement “disagreeable”. The Selectmen inform him that nothing short of sending the tea back to England would satisfy the town. Jonathan objects to the impracticability of this measure, but after a lengthy discourse he promises that when the tea arrives he will not attempt to unload it. He will instead submit proposals to the Selectmen regarding the next step, but only after orders from the Company arrive.
By sundown, there is a rumor that the vessel Dartmouth has possibly been spotted near the outer harbor islands. By 10 o’clock that night, the Dartmouth comes to anchor just off of Boston Light. THE EAST INDIA COMPANY TEA HAS ARRIVED!!!
Pictured: Ship in the Moonlight, Martin Aagaard; Chart of Boston Harbor

  in 1770 the trial of William Wemms, and seven other soldiers of His Majesty's 29th Regiment, would begin for their rol...
11/27/2023

in 1770 the trial of William Wemms, and seven other soldiers of His Majesty's 29th Regiment, would begin for their role in the Boston Massacre. In recognition of this anniversary, we once again share this radio play dramatizing the sensational trial. This presentation features the vocal talents of local artists, performers, and members of the historical and reenacting communities. It was produced by Revolution250 in 2022, recorded and edited by Chart Productions, and directed by Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Creative Manager Evan O'Brien.
https://bit.ly/3r2PQ8n

On this day, 251 years ago, we would find ourselves in the middle of a trial of 8 British Soldiers on trial for murder over the events that occurred on the night of March 5, 1770, known as the Boston Massacre.  During that night, British sold...

Third time’s the charm???  250 Years Ago Governor Hutchinson and his Council reconvene. Despite a lengthy debate, no dec...
11/27/2023

Third time’s the charm???
250 Years Ago Governor Hutchinson and his Council reconvene. Despite a lengthy debate, no decision is made regarding the Consignee's request petition for the Governor to hold and store the tea. The Governor delays yet again and adjourns until November 29th.

Hanging out with our friends from the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps of Lexington, MA at the Marshfield tea ...
11/26/2023

Hanging out with our friends from the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps of Lexington, MA at the Marshfield tea burning!

11/26/2023

Marshfield tea burning!

  250 Years Ago: Excerpt from a Nov 3, 1773 letter from London that was reprinted in the Massachusetts Spy by Isaiah Tho...
11/26/2023

250 Years Ago: Excerpt from a Nov 3, 1773 letter from London that was reprinted in the Massachusetts Spy by Isaiah Thomas on November 26th. ...Thus the duty (on the tea) is absolutely to be paid in America, for the purpose of raising a revenue, to support improper (Royal) officers in America, only the method of negotiating this business is a little different from the usual one. Are the Americans such blockheads as to care whether it be a hot red poker, or a red hot poker which they are to swallow, provided Lord North forces them to swallow one of the two. If the matter be duly explained, surely the people will unanimously agree to send the tea to the place from whence it came, or to a worse place.
Pictured: Massachusetts Spy masthead (partial), 1773

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