WPA Walking Tour – Site of Black Horse Tavern

To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years. The fourth stop is the site of the Black Horse Tavern.

“Here the Committee of Safety and Supplies of the Provincial Congress convened

on April 18, 1775. The following day a British searching party surprised Vice-President Gerry and

Colonels Leo and Orne, who escaped by making a hasty exit and concealing themselves in a near-by field.”

Now a BP filling station, a tablet marks the former site of the Black Horse Tavern. September 6, 2010.

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