Loyalists in NYC during the Revolution at FRAUNCES TAVERN

If you've been on my "Revolution in Lower Manhattan" tour, you'll remember that New York was a stronghold of Tory sentiment during the war, and a magnet for Loyalist refugees from other colonies.  Let's find out more about this aspect of the Revolution in a talk entitled  Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City During the Revolution.  

Here's what the website says: "Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary & unlawful, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, & religion that united the colonies to Britain. They hoped British military strength would quickly crush the minority rebellion as they flocked to the British headquarters of New York City. Despised by the rebels as enemies, New York’s refugees hoped to partner with the British to restore peaceful government in the colonies. However, the British confounded their expectations by instituting martial law in the city & marginalizing loyalist leaders.  Presented by Ruma Chopra". 

A book of the same name will also be on sale that night; here's a link to its description on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unnatural-Rebellion-Loyalists-Revolution-Jeffersonian/dp/0813931096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363128147&sr=8-1&keywords=unnatural+rebellion#_

 

Cost: $10, payable at the door. A light reception is included in your admission. In addition, we have our own $1 meetup fee, payable to the organizer.

How to meet us: We're meeting at 6pm for a 6:30pm lecture; they may not seat until 6:15. Buy your ticket at the door, and join us in the presentation space. If they don't seat as early as 6pm, then just meet us on line waiting to get in. I will be holding a sign that says MEETUP.

About Fraunces Tavern: General George Washington bade farewell to his generals at the original Fraunces Tavern in December 1783. Two fires destroyed much of the fabric of that tavern in the 19th century. The present building, dating from 1907, is built on the former building's foundation and is a great example of Colonial Revival architecture.

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  • Margaret B.

    We had a great time!

    March 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Fraunces Tavern does have an elevator, but Hurricane Sandy put it out of service, apparently. They really ought to note that on their site. The stairs in use that evening are not the main stairs. The main stairs are quite doable, as there are many more landings, etc. But these, too, were not available for some reason. So, probably no trips back to Fraunces for talks until the better stairs are open again.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    March 22, 2013

  • Mary

    I'd rather have joined you for dinner. I couldn't hear the lecture - faulty mic or accoustics....or me. I availed myself of the wine and snacks so it wasn't a total loss. Sorry you couldn't make it . See you next time.

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Mary

      I think I did talk to you, Donna. Also, happy birthday to Linda

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Well, I couldn't get up to the lecture space because the stairs were too long and steep for me, but standing in the vestibule, I met Margaret and Maria, who voiced similar misgivings. While this period of uncertainty ticked by, Mary appeared at the top of the stairs and I wished her well. When a docent ventured down to tell it was now standing room, we three set in motion Plan B, dinner at Fraunces, which we enjoyed greatly. And then as that wound down, Susan came in after the lecture broke up. So, I visited with her as she dined for a good long while. So for a night where I didn't get to the actual talk, I had a very nice time--and birthday! Apologies again to those members I missed entirely.

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Maria T.

      It turned from a disappointment into a great evening of fun. And a belated Happy Birthday!

      1 · March 22, 2013

    • Donna T.

      Dinner wirh Linda is always a pleasure and a wealth of good conversation... Mary did I speak to you upstairs?

      March 22, 2013

  • Donna T.

    I ventured up... after a late arrival-once again lost .I had to stand of course and heard very few actual words. But I saw someone who I thought might be our dear Linda (from the back of her head). Wish I had gotten there in time for dinner! The dining rooms looked like so much fun. One could almost visualize the colonial costume- aka John Adams hoisting a few. Did you have some British bar favorites? Next time. Happy Birthday, dear Linda!

    March 22, 2013

  • Susan M.

    I actually had a really good time. I found the talk to be really enjoyable and quite fascinating. It was nice to meet Jeanne! And what a treat to meet up with Margaret, Maria and Linda by chance for dinner! A super night for me!

    And Linda, you didn't say it was your birthday!! (Or did I miss that??) Hope to see you all again soon!

    2 · March 22, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Oooh I'm so excited!! Sounds amazing!!

    March 19, 2013

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