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Celebrate the Worcester Revolution of 1774 - Sept. 7th 2014 - Worcester, MA

Celebrate the Worcester Revolution of 1774 Sept. 7th 2014

The Celebration Quick Facts

What: A Celebration of the 1774 Worcester Revolution
When: September 7th, 2014, 10am - 5pm
Where: Institute Park, Worcester MA, and surrounding areas

Most accounts of the revolution consider the beginning of open rebellion to be the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord on April 19th, 1775. But from mid‐August to mid‐September of 1774, the citizens of Berkshire, Springfield, and Worcester Counties, mostly farmers, ended British rule over themselves and on their countryside forever. With no real organization, no official leaders, no fixed institutions, and no bloodshed – they went up against the most powerful empire on earth and won. It was not the Stamp Act, Tea Tax, or the Massachusetts Port Act alone that provoked the actions at Lexington and Concord. Rather it was the series of events, both political and rebellious, that predate it.

The most stunning of these events broke on the morning of September 6th, 1774 when 4,622 militiamen from 37 towns of Worcester County marched to Main Street in Worcester to take the town. An advance party of militia had seized the Worcester courthouse, barricaded themselves inside, and awaited the arrival of 25 Crown appointees. When the court officials arrived, about five thousand militia and citizens lined along Main Street to force the officials to walk the street with hats off to to repeat over and over again, so that all who gathered could easily hear, the disavowal of holding courts under the British laws. Other Tory supporters were also forced to recant their loyalty to the Crown and the Massachusetts Government Act. The British control over Worcester County was thus gone forever - without violence, yet with a humiliating retraction of loyalty to the crown. Following the debacle of September 6th, General Gage had no choice but to admit to Lord Dartmouth that British Civil government was near its end.

The spectacle of the Worcester Revolution sent a shock wave across the Massachusetts colony, all the way to Philadelphia where the First Continental Congress had met for the very first time the day before. Worcester's militiamen had irreversibly set the stage for an inevitable confrontation with the British later. That confrontation freed the remaining parts of Massachusetts left under British rule – notably the British garrison in the city of Boston.

Announcing the Schedule for September 7th Celebration - The Worcester Revolution of 1774



Setting The Record Straight: The Worcester Revolt of Sept. 6, 1774 - The Worcester Revolution of 1774