“Loyalist Trails” 2004-1: April 28, 2004

In this issue:
The Other Side of the “Freedom Trail” Story



Hi everyone.

President Myrna Fox has suggested that I try to get the UELAC email distribution, AKA “The LIST”, back into use. In my paying job, I manage the distribution of a weekly newsletter to about 2100 subscribers. This list is much smaller, but over time who knows where it might lead.

With Myrna’s help, I have loaded most of the names from the List.

I would like to try for a weekly newsletter. I plan to have a few sections, such as Announcements, Coming and Past Events, Projects, Queries etc.

That said, I have no intention of creating the newsletters from scratch. As the Association is you and the rest of the membership, please send material you would like included in the newsletter to me. I request that you keep items to a maximum of 100 words (this could change over time) but feel free to include a link to a web page or site which contains more details, or contact information to a person who can provide more detail to people wanting it. You also need to indicate if the item is for internal only, or general publication.

One of the purposes of this first newsletter is to see which email addresses are incorrect, and who will block out the newsletter because the subject line suggests this is spam.

To get this going, Paul J. Bunnell, FACG, UE submitted an interesting item a while back. (See below.)

The Other Side of the “Freedom Trail” Story

Free Tory Trail Tour Maps Now Available

Explore Historic Homes of British Loyalists In Boston: $5 Value – Free

Boston – The Colonial Loyalist Alliance of Massachusetts (CLAM) announced today that its free Tory Trail tour guide map detailing the locations and tour times of Colonial-era British Loyalist landmarks in the Boston area is now available by visiting the Tory Trail website at www.torytrail.org or by calling the Royall House Association at (781) 396-9032.

WHAT & WHY: The tour guide map was developed by CLAM in response to numerous requests from Boston area schools, Colonial history buffs, travel agents and English and Canadian tourists for more information about the “other side” of the Freedom Trail Story. The tour map provides profiles of each house museum on the trail, a Revolutionary War timeline, information about prominent Loyalists and a balanced perspective on the Siege of Boston. Information on other local related historic sites includes: several churches, Castle Island in South Boston, Brattle Street “Tory Row” in Cambridge, the Old State House and the Town of Marshfield. It also recounts some of the untold stories of Loyalists in eighteenth-century America and their plight during the Siege of Boston. These often forgotten people suffered greatly because they disagreed with patriot sentiments and worked toward a “peaceful solution” to the conflict with K ing George. Many were driven from their property and livelihoods, never to return to homes that had been in their families for generations.

WHERE & WHEN: A promotional event to further publicize the map and the Tory Trail is planned for June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Castle Island (formerly Castle William, now Fort Independence) in South Boston. The event is expected to include a Colonial British Military Unit encampment with historic displays and demonstrations and should attract a host of Canadian & British tourists, VIPs and local Loyalist descendants.

WHO: Members of the Colonial Loyalist Alliance of Massachusetts (CLAM) are the Golden Ball Tavern in Weston, the Count Rumford House in Woburn, the Isaac Royall House in Medford, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House in Cambridge, the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury, the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain and the Isaac Winslow House in Marshfield. All member house museums are U.S. National Historic Landmarks, owned by non-profit organizations and open to the public. For more information about the Colonial Loyalist Alliance of Massachusetts (CLAM), the Castle Island encampment or the Tory Trail tour guide map please visit www.torytrail.org or contact Fred Schlicher.

Frances Morrisey, V.P. Atlantic Region, will be the official UELAC Association representative at this event, but I am sure she would welcome lots of support

Paul also has a new web site where he offers a number of Loyalist items he has compiled.

I hope you are all having a good Spring amid preparations for a vast array of Loyalist activities. Look forward to seeing most of you at the Annual Conference in Peterborough.