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Tavern Fire! A Commemorative Open House at Jones Tavern

Jones fireMeet the Heros, See the Trucks, Tour the Tavern:
Iron Work Farm Remembers the Fire of 1967

Date: Sunday, July 23rd
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Come join the Iron Work Farm for a special 50th anniversary event. It was 50 years ago this July that quick action by the Acton Fire Department saved the historic 18th-century tavern from destruction, when a lightning strike to the west chimney threatened to burn down the building. Read more about the fire in a newspaper article from that date.

Members of the Acton Fire Department will be our honored guests, and the heroes who were on hand that day in 1967 will have quite a story to tell. The building tells a special story, too—about the effects of a fire that revealed hidden information about the historic structure, such as decorative painting on doors and ceilings, and exposed framing details that had never been seen before. At least one of Acton’s historic fire engines will also be on hand for the day. 

fire truck jones fire 250Jones Tavern, 128 Main Street, was built in 1732 with additions in 1750 and ca. 1818. It was the home of the Jones family, who ran a tavern, store, and a dairy farm. Remnants of the tavern are still intact, and items from the 19th- and 20th-century Jones farm are on display.

Feel free to print out some flyers and share them with friends.

There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. Parking is available on site or nearby.

 

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