Roots of liberty celebration at Greene Homestead


In Boston, on Aug. 14, 1765, to protest the hated Stamp Act, Patriots who later called themselves the Sons of Liberty had hung in effigy the colonist chosen by King George III to impose the hated Stamp Act, in the branches of the tree. It was the first public show of defiance against the Crown and pawned the resistance that led to the American Revolution 10 years later. A sign saying “Tree of Liberty” was nailed to the trunk of the tree.

Liberty Trees are still planted throughout the country to commemorate this first symbol of American freedom.

Please join us to commemorate the dedication of a Liberty Tree at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 on the lawn of the Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead, 50 Taft St. in Coventry, as the Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society presents a Liberty Tree to the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association.

We would like to invite any Revolutionary War participants for an honor guard for this event. We would also like to invite members of any colonial or Revolutionary War hereditary societies wishing to participate.

If you are interested in participating, contact Dave Procaccini at


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