Taverns were central to the economic life of Weston in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In 1768 Captain Isaac Jones erected the Golden Ball Tavern, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Weston. Two interior chimneys project through the double-hipped roof and divide the central hall, distinguished by fine paneling and a handsome balustrade, from the four corner rooms on the first floor. A Tory in the years preceding the Revolution, Jones entertained British spies here and was the target of patriot attacks. Here was held the Weston Tea Party on March 28, 1774, in opposition to the Stamp Acts. After the Revolution, tavern business declined with the construction of the Boston to Worcester Turnpike in 1805. The Golden Ball is open Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons and by appointment.
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