Golden Ball Tavern Museum

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Historian Taylor Stoermer calls the Golden Ball Tavern Museum a treasure hidden in plain sight since this pre-Revolutionary loyalist house and tavern witnessed the “other side of the story.”

The Tavern was opened in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1770 by Isaac Jones, a Tory who, at great personal risk, advocated compromise over conflict with Great Britain during the Revolutionary period. Jones Viewed himself first and foremost as a British subject and chose to navigate the treacherous waters of political dissent at home. He was forced to negotiate the growing hostility to his loyalty and respect for the British Constitution by suffering calls that his tavern and person be shunned, by having his home raided by more than 100 Patriots MORE THAN 100 dressed in “painted visages” by being labeled an “Enemy to His Country,” and by harboring General Gage’s Spies. Remarkably, he ultimately joined the Patriot cause and went on to make significant contributions to the new republic.

No other historic site in New England offers such a rich opportunity to follow the course of a Loyalist endeavoring to hold to his principles while maintaining his life and livelihood in an increasingly hostile town. Jones's lived experience as a Loyalist in a Patriot town takes center stage as one walks through and engages with his home and Tavern. Here, events took place that set up the march to Concord.

Having remained in the Jones family for over two hundred years, the house has many more voices and historic threads: Architectural; Early House Construction; Decorative Arts; Colonial Life; Women’s Roles in operating the Tavern and rescuing it financially; the Loyalist Experience and more. There is also a rich collection of manuscripts and archives. Visit our museum and discover what “The House Tell us” about yesterday as well as times such as these.