The Wayside - Samuel Whitney

In 1769, Samuel Whitney, a shopkeeper in Boston, purchased the property from John Breed.At that time, the house lot consisted of one-half acre.

By 1774, Whitney was a delegate to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, an "illegal" body (in the eyes of British authorities) established by Patriot leaders to assume the functions of government in the face of increasingly oppressive British rule.Whitney was also appointed muster master of the Concord Minute Men.

In February 1775, the Provincial Congress ordered stockpiles of military arms and provisions to be stored in Worcester and Concord.Concord stored a portion of its ammunition supply in the warehouse on Samuel Whitney's property.Although included in General Gage's orders, there is no evidence that British troops, who marched to Concord on April 19, 1775 in order to seize and destroy these military supplies, ever searched Whitney's property.

Last updated: May 24, 2016

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