3 Vermonters recognized for participation in Boston Tea Party

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 6:25 AM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum are placing commemorative markers at three grave sites in Vermont.

Next year is the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Between now and then, the 125 known tea partiers will get the grave markers. That includes Adam Beal Jr. in St. Albans, who was just 19 when he participated in the 1773 political protest against the British. A ceremony was held Wednesday morning for Beal at the Greenwood Cemetery in St. Albans.

“Adam Beal Jr. and those like him were just as important to the formative years of our region as the names we all know about like John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams. They were important, but so was Adam Beal Jr.,” said Evan O’Brien with the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Tea party participants William Cox in West Fairlee and Samuel Hammond in Wardsboro also get grave markers. A ceremony for Cox takes place Wednesday from 3:30 to 4 at the West Fairlee Village Cemetery off 1060 VT-113. And on Thursday morning, the last event for Hammond will be at West Wardsboro Cemetery off VT Route 100 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Cox and Beal went on to fight in the Revolutionary War.