Tavern and Tombstone Tour
On Sunday afternoon, October 25, the Golden Ball Tavern Museum and Weston Historical Society are co-sponsoring guided tours of the Golden Ball Tavern at 662 Boston Post Road, followed by a walking tour of Weston’s two oldest cemeteries.
The event will begin at the Golden Ball Tavern Museum at 2 p.m. with guided tours and refreshments. At 3 p.m. Pam Fox will lead a walk down Boston Post Road to Farmer’s Burying Ground (at the corner of Colpitts Road) and there on to Central Cemetery (at the corner of Linwood Road). Included in the tour will be visits to the gravesites of notable Westonians, such as Josiah Smith of the Josiah Smith Tavern and Isaac Jones, who established the Golden Ball Tavern.
The Golden Ball Tavern was built in 1768 by Loyalist-turned-Patriot Isaac Jones on the Boston Post Road, one of the most significant roadways of the day and one of our nation’s first highways. The Golden Ball Tavern played a pivotal role in the unfolding of the Revolutionary War when it served as a base for British spies in 1775.
If you have never visited Weston’s landmark tavern “at the sign of the Golden Ball” this is an opportunity not to be missed.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.
Farmer's Cemetery, also known as Farmer's Burial Ground, was established in Weston in 1703. It is located at the corner of Colpitts and Boston Post Roads in Weston. Many of Isaac Jones immediate and extended family members are interred there, including his parents, Captain James and Sarah Moore Jones, and his grandparents, Josiah and Lydia Treadway Jones and his first wife, Anna Cutler. Anna Cutler Jones and her infant child died of smallpox on 31 May 1761 in Weston. The headstone inscription reads: "In memory of Anna Jones, wife to Mr Isaac Jones who died of ye smallpox May the 31st 1761 aged 32 years. Buried with her infant in her arms."