Salada Tea & the Boston Tea Party Reenactment
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
Old South Meeting House celebrated the 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment on December 16, 2013.
By December 16, 1773, all the fuss about tea in Boston had come to a boil. Three ships loaded with tea sat anchored in Boston harbor. The Patriots were determined to prevent the tea on these ships from being landed on American soil, because if it were, a tax would be due upon it.
Next year, join the party! Travel back in time and relive one of the most iconic public protests in American history-- the Boston Tea Party! Gather at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773, with Boston's infamous rabblerousers like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere-- and even some crown-loving Loyalists-- to debate the tea tax and demand liberty from the British crown! Join the procession to Griffin's Wharf accompanied by fife and drum and scores of colonists! Then, line the shores of Boston Harbor to witness the daring destruction of the tea firsthand as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver, tossing the troublesome tea into the sea!
Old South Meeting House
On a cold morning in 1773, 5,000 townspeople gathered at Boston's Old South Meeting House to protest the tea tax and prevent the delivery of three shiploads of tea anchored in Boston Harbor. After attempting a peaceful resolution with the ships, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty led the Colonists down to the harbor to dispose of the tea, now known as the Boston Tea Party.
An American tradition was born: Salada Tea Tea was eventually welcomed back into American homes. And nearly a century and a half after the Boston Tea Party, Peter C. Larkin, a world traveler and Canadian food merchant, recognized America's affinity for tea and founded one of America's oldest tea companies still in existence, Salada Tea.
In 1917, Larkin established the U.S. headquarters for Salada Tea on Stuart Street in Boston's Back Bay. Outfitted with two 12-foot tall, bronze doors depicting the early history of the tea trade (still standing today), the Back Bay headquarters would be instrumental in Salada's mission to bring high quality tea to the Northeast. "No matter where you buy Salada," a 1920s brochure stated, "you will always find it, grade for grade, of the same high standard of quality."
Salada's headquarters have moved outside of Boston, but the company celebrates their Boston roots to this day. Salada continues to pride itself on the tea's time-tested quality and expand thier product line across the country. The black tea is available only in New England but can also be purchased online, while tea drinkers across the country can readily find the green tea varieties.
Did you know....
Salada Headquarters used to be in Boston Massachusets? The space is now occupied by Grill 23 Restaurant. The corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets used to be the home and headquarters of the Salada Tea Company.
The bronze doors adorn the entrance still, and are a hand-carved depiction of the history of tea trade.
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