Kicking off the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2024 Lecture Series:

Incident at Griffin’s Wharf: 

The Boston Tea Party and After

Presented by Tracy and Rich Gillespie

Sunday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m.

St. James United Church of Christ,
10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville

Reproduction East India Company tea chests, by Loudoun 250 and SAR member Barry Schwoerer. (Photo: Richard Gillespie.)

On Sunday, February 11, the Lovettsville Historical Society will present Loudoun historians Tracy and Rich Gillespie, who will explore the actions by Great Britain’s Parliament that led to the destruction of 340 chests of East India Company teas in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773.  They will also discuss the responses to the tea crisis in other colonies, and the reaction here at home in Loudoun. 

Three of the five teas thrown overboard at Griffin’s Wharf can be sampled immediately after, with commentary about each tea’s distinct qualities and their role in Colonial America including Loudoun.

The Gillespies’ presentation will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, in Lovettsville. The program will be followed, as is customary, by questions and discussion, and then by a tea tasting.

The program will not be live-streamed, but a video recording of the event will be posted on the Lovettsville Historical Society website.

Admission is free, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.

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