Newburyport in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Market Square Tea Burning
When the British Parliament in 1773 imposed a tax on tea imported into the American Colonies the act was widely resented. In indignation tea was brought by the people to Market Square and burned. To commemorate the incident this tablet was erected in 1910; a few persons living at this later date testifying to having heard the story from eye witnesses to the event.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
Location. 42° 48.674′ N, 70° 52.205′ W. Marker is in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Merrimac Street and Market Square, on the right when traveling east. Marker is a metal tablet mounted at eye level, near the northwest corner of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 Market Square, Newburyport MA 01950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newburyport Firehouse Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Watts' Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memory of the Officers and Men Coast Guard Bicentennial Marker (about 700 feet away); Newburyport Custom House (about 700 feet away); Newburyport Sailor's Memorial (about 800 feet away); William Lloyd Garrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dalton House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburyport.
Also see . . . An answer to question about Joseph Little.
Joseph Little was born on April 21, 1730, and died on Feb. 1, 1792. Joseph’s home on Merrimac Street was near Unicorn Street. Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Hazen Little told her grandchildren of watching the burning tea in Market Square. I do not know if this was before or after the Boston Tea Party.Joseph’s home on Merrimac Street was near Unicorn Street. (Submitted on March 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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