Sixth Annual Living History Event: The Burning of HMS Liberty
August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The summer of 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the burning of HMS Liberty, John Hancock’s sloop that was seized by the Royal Navy in 1768. This overlooked event, which took place in Newport’s harbor three years before HMS Gaspee was burned, is considered one of colonial America’s first acts of defiance against the British Crown.
On Saturday August 24th, the Newport Historical Society will host its 6th annual living history event. Dozens of costumed historical interpreters will recreate aspects surrounding this incident while discussing the non-importation agreements and how the increasingly tense political situation impacted life in colonial Newport.
Free, donations welcome.