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Free In-Person Event: “Martha’s Vineyard in the American Revolution” with Thomas Dresser
January 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
IN-PERSON ONLY EVENT!
MARTHA’S VINEYARD IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
War was imminent. Revolution. Martha’s Vineyard, an isolated island outpost, was right there as the action unfolded. At first, residents feared severing ties with the mother country because events from Boston to London impacted the Island community. Yet, British patrols along Vineyard Sound and incursions on the Elizabeth Islands threatened the tranquility of Island life. Well, Vineyarders were a cagey lot. They sought safety first, then independence. Although the majority tended toward independence, because of the middle ground they chose, Loyalists and Patriots both considered them neutral—at first. Follow this story as it unfolds—from pre-war debates over the Stamp Act in the 1760s and the desperate activities of the late 1770s to the real back-story of the Liberty Pole ladies and General Grey’s Raid. Join local author Tom Dresser as he reveals the British attack on the island and the unheralded heroes who protected their homeland in the War for Independence.
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