Tory Row in Boston

July 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Boston is a really pretty place with some beautiful cohesive areas of early New England architecture. Driving along Brattle Street, Cambridge, (it’s also a beautiful walk) in early Spring with the cherry blossoms flowering, I was really struck by what the locals call Tory Mile or Tory Row where British loyalist lived prior to the American Revolution in 1775- 83.

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There were apparently seven houses that made up Tory Row as cited by Samual Atkins Eliot, A History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1913. They date from as early as 1685 (Judge Joseph Lee’s house) and survived the American Revolution so some of them are over 420 years old. After the revolution, they were confiscated and sold and George Washington made his headquarters in one of the mansions during the Seige of Boston in 1775. This house later became the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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