Freedom and Slavery in Revolutionary New England

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Explore the home of the largest slaveholding family in the Massachusetts colony, and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish lifestyle possible.  Architecture, household items, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence.  The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest eighteenth-century buildings in New England.  National Historic Landmark, built 1732-1737. 


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2014 Season Tour Hours:  May 17 through October 26 (closed for special event on October 11). Saturdays and Sundays. Tours on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.  To arrange group tours, please contact

Geared toward adults, but suitable for children age 8 and older.