The Tory Trails - Colonial Loyalist Alliance of Massachusetts  

The Tory Trails

Colonial Loyalist Alliance of Massachusetts, (Now out of operation, but listing of sites are still open to the public)

This once very popular organization and network of Loyalist locations helped establish the Tory/Loyalist side of history in the Massachusetts area. I was once a supporter and board member and continue to list all these locations below as they still exists in their independent businesses. I encourage you to visit all of these fine locations.

Fashioned after the Freedom Trail, we had hoped to create better understanding of the Loyalists who came from Massachusetts. The sites we support are homes of doctors, politicians, common people, landmarks, museums, who are owned by non-profit organizations.

Unlike the Freedom Trail, we report stories about the Loyalists, as they suffered, and escaped the siege of Boston, their exodus and all the dangers they endured.

Homes & SITES Of The Tory Trails

These locations are still there to explore. Seek out our Loyalist History in Massachussetts 

Golden Ball Tavern (1768)

622 Boston Post Rd., Weston, Ma. 02493. Phone - 781-894-1751. website - www.goldenballtavern.org

Loyalist, Isaac Jones lived here, and in March 1774 Rebels attacked the house breaking windows and demanded that his Wife Mary to turn him over, but Isaac was at Uxbridge. The mob yelled out "Damed Tory" and rushed the house, breaking dishes, and partitions and stealing several goods. Isaac held out and would not be bullied.

Royall House and Slave Quarters (c.1732 – 1775)

15 George St., Medford, MA 02155. Phone - 781-396-9032.Website: http://royallhouse.org/   

E-mail to: info@royallhouse.org 

Tom Lincoln
Royall House Association (RHA)
Medford, MA

Loyalist Isaac Royall was caught up in the in the American Revolution by association. He had dinner with Captain Erving the same day as the Lexington-Concord battle and slipped out of Boston. He is quoted as saying: I went to Halifax (Nova Scotia) expecting to meet a vessel bound for the West Indies. All my things were packed up with that intention."  A National Historic Landmark, the property tells the “intertwined stories” of the wealthy Royalls and their numerous enslaved Africans. The Slave Quarters is believed to be the only such structure extant in the North. Open for Tours June to October, weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. Modest admission.

Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (1685)

 Cambridge Historical Society, 159 Brattle St.,Cambridge, Ma. 02138. Phone - 617-547-4252

Loyalist, Judge Joseph Lee was a loyal subject of the King. He showed this after a mob of Rebels attacked his friend, Richard Clarke's warehouse looking for East India tea. He confronted the crowd and stopped the advance.

Shirley-Eustis House (1747) (Presently Not A Member)

33 Shirley St., Roxbury, ma. 02119. Phone - 617-442-2275. Website is www.shirleyeustishouse.org

Massachusetts Governor, William Shirley was a very loyal subject to the King, but died in 1771, well before the American Revolution. His funeral was one of the most respected events in Boston with a proclaimed day of mourning, two swords crossed his casket accompanied by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company dressed in full regimental uniforms with black crepe. His service was at the King's Chapel in Boston. Pallbarers were the new governor, lieutenent governor and two members of the Provincial Council. The honor guard fired three volleys, and the Artillery fired 65 rounds, one for every year of Shirley's life. In the harbor, "Castle William" (Fort Independence at Castle Island)fired the final salute.

Loring-Greenough House (1760)

12 South St., Jamaica Plain, Ma. 02130. Phone - 617-442-2275. Website: www.lghouse.org

Loyalist, Joshua Loring was a Commodore of the Lakes of North American. His expertize in warware won him the reputation of being a masterful oponent when he sunk several vessels so the Rebels could not get them. Later, he raise them, including the sloop, Earl of Halifax, a 100 ton ship. In 40 feet of water he retrieved ships cannons along with other items and drying out of the Sloop after 10 days of hard work. His friend was Loyalist, Isaac Winslow after building an elegant home. But, like many Loyalists, the Rebel mobs ran them out where Loring sought protection of the King's troops.

Isaac Winslow House(c.1699)(Main Contact For Tory Trails)

644 Careswell St., Marshfield, Ma. 02050. Phone - 781-837-5753. Website: www.winslowhouse.org

General John Winslow was the Great Grandson of the Pilgrim, Edward Winslow. John took part in the Great Deportation of the Acadian's in 1755 by order of Governor Shirley. The attack on Grand Pre, Acadie (Nova Scotia) resulted in the eviction, confiscation of Acadian lands, livestock and property. His father, Isaac Winslow built this house in Marshfield. John Winslow also served as General of the Massachusetts Colonial Militia in the Champlain Valley campaign in 1756 and was replaced by a British regular and sent home.He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 1750's and died in 1774 just before the American Revolution. John's brother,Edward Winslow of Plymouth remained a Loyalist and had to flee to Windsor, Nova Scotia. John Winslow deeded his last 700 acres in Marshfield to his two sons and one, Dr. Isaac Winslow was well respected by the town because of his work with Small Pox inoculations and allowed to stay behind as the town doctor.

King's Chapel

58 Tremont St., Boston, Ma. Phone - 617-227-2155 & 617-523-1749.

Located on the "Freedom Trail" this Chapel served both sides of the American Revolution. They still have Sunday worship there at 11 AM.

Granary Burial Ground

Tremont St., Boston, Ma.

Buried here is the Loyalist and Reverened, Mather Byles Sr.

Old State House

The Bostonian Society, 206 Washington St., Boston, Ma. Phone - 617-720-1713. Contact: education@bostonhistory.org  

This was the site of the "Bostom Massacre."

Province House Steps

Province St., Boston, Ma.

There are sections left of the Royal Governor's residence located here.

Governor Hutchinson's Field

Adams St., Milton, Ma.

This is the site of the Royal Governor's house, now owned by the Trustees of Reservations. This is where the protest over the "Stamp Act" took place.  

Castle Island (Fort Independence) (Castle William)

South Boston, across the bay from The Kennedy Library. Phone - 617-268-5744

Open Satuday and Sunday, June through August, noon to 3:30PM, Thursday evening until dusk, Sunday only during Sept. and October. Besides being a very important supporter of the Tory Trails, Castle Island conducts many other events throughout the year. Come and see the grandure of this magnificent Fort overlooking the Boston Harbor. This Fort guarded the Loyalists as they left during the Evacuation of Boston in March 1776.

Old North Church

193 Salem St., Boston, Ma. Phone - 617-523-6676

Originally an Anglican church and named Christ Church, was later changed to the North Church. We all know of the lanterns that signaled that the British was coming, but probably not about Dr. Mather Byles Jr., its rector who fled from there after the Lexington/Concord alarm.

Brattle Street Cambridge

Cambridge, Ma. Phone - 617-547-4252.

Known as "Tory Row" the Cambridge Historical Society conducts walking tours.

Christ Church

0 Garden St., Cambridge, Ma. (acroos from the Cambridge Common)

King George III presented the King's Chapel a beautiful silver set and after a noted Loyalist took it to Halifax, Nova Scotia, a new set was given to the Christ Church where it is still used today for Christmas and Easter.

Ropes Mansion (1727)

Peabody Essex Museum, 318 Essex St., East India Square, Salem, Ma. Phone - 978-745-9500

King Hooper House (1728)

Marblehead Art Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, Ma. Phone - 781-631-2608. Website: www.marbleheadarts.org