greenwich tea burners monument

monument to the new jersey version of the boston tea party: on dec 22 1774, locals dressed as indians hauled a shipment of english tea into a local field and burned it.


the captain of the ship was refused entry to philadelphia with his tea, and was informed that new york and boston would not likely be receptive to his cargo, either. so he sailed across the delaware bay up the cohansey to look for a market.


many of the names on the monument are also family names found in the local cemetery. it looks as if father and son of the same family were involved in several cases, or at least two brothers.


the owners of the tea appealed to the royal governor of nj (benjamin franklin's son) to prosecute; after two trials in which the accused were found not guilty, the crown gave up. by that time they had a war to deal with...


thereafter, benjamin franklin (who had lobbied hard to get his son the royal governor post) tried to convince his son of the patriot cause, the son vehemently rejected his father's entreaties, and remained loyal to the crown. the two never spoke again.


also known as "the last tea party" (of several) before war began


nb: there is a road today in greenwich called "teaburners road"

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Taken on November 3, 2007