“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

The Town House

The Town House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
1. The Town House Marker
Three rods west of this spot
stood, from 1718 until 1785,
The Town House.
Here Governor Burnet convened
The General Court in 1728 and 1729,
a Town Meeting held here in 1765
protested against The Stamp Act,
and another in 1769,
denounced the tax on tea.
Here met, in 1774, the last General Assemby
of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay,
which, June 17, in defiance of Governor Gage,
chose delegates to
The First Continental Congress.
The House of Assembly was thereupon dissolved,
and the election of a new house, to meet at Salem,
as ordered by the Governor, but this,
by later proclamation, he refused to recognize.
In contempt of his authority the members met
in this town house, October 5,
and after organizing resolved themselves to
A Provincial Congress,
and adjourned to Concord,
there to act with other delegates as
The First Provincial Congress of Massachusetts.

Location. 42° 31.281′ N, 70° 53.727′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Essex Street, on the right when traveling north on Washington Street. Click for map
The Town House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
2. The Town House Marker
The marker is on the left corner of the building facing Washington Street.
. The marker is at the intersection of Essex and Washington Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (within shouting distance of this marker); The Witch Gaol (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peabody Museum of Salem (about 700 feet away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burying Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Nathaniel H. Felt (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Salem.
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