The Shirley-Eustis House announces Historic Tory Trail Bus Tour II

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The Shirley-Eustis House announces Historic Tory Trail Bus Tour II

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, a National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house in Roxbury, Massachusetts, announces its second annual Tory Trail Bus Tour on Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

The Tory Trail Tour will enlighten us about the loyalists and their plight during the Siege of Boston. These forgotten people suffered greatly because they disagreed with the patriot sentiments and wanted a peaceful solution to the conflict with King George, rather than a civil war. They were driven from homes and livelihoods, many never returning to a property that had sometimes been in families for generations.

The Tory Trail Tour will promote the remaining loyalist historic sites with each of these sites owned by a loyalist family during the period leading up to the American Revolution.  All sites are designated as national historic landmarks, are owned by non-profit organizations, and are open to the public.

The tour will be guided by Norma Jane Langford, historian and author of, “I Hear ‘Tis Getting Solidly On.”  She will also give additional loyalist information as we make our way through the trail.  “This project has been years in the making with the introduction of the Tory Trail Map,” said Executive Director Patti Violette, “Last year’s tour was fabulous!  We will continue to explore other locations on the Tory Trail Map.”

Hop on the bus at 7:30 a.m. when it departs from the Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury.  We will visit Count Rumford House in Woburn, The Isaac Royal House and Slave Quarters in Medford, The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House in Cambridge and after the luncheon; we will then take a leisurely stroll down Brattle Street’s Tory Row in Cambridge. This event runs until approximately 1:00 p.m. 

The Tory Trail Tour will engage your senses as we travel to these sites.  Tickets for this expedition are only $35 per person.  Lunch will be provided.  Paid reservations must be made in advance no later than Monday, October 14, 2013.  Off-street parking at the Shirley-Eustis House is available.  Dress is comfortable and casual.  Please call 617-442-2275 or email to make your reservation.  Don’t miss out!  Reserve now!

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The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA, built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley, was once a sprawling estate of 33 acres. It continues to sit majestically in Roxbury surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic fruit orchards and remains the most imposing and best preserved of the four remaining royal governors' homes in the United States