Cumberland County Historical Society

Tea Burners' Re Enactment

Parade down Ye Greate Street


Dear Friends and Volunteers –

You are receiving this as an alternative to dry minutes of our continuing work for the September 27 and 28, 2008 weekend celebration about the Tea Burners’ Monument set at Market Square on September 30, 1908. If this is your first communication, your name and email were given to me as an interested person. You may be a probable descendent of one of the Teaburners or you may be interested in doing more than just attending the celebration, please keep in contact and we will add your name to those who are working to make this event a great one.

Joan McAllister

We enjoy any excuse for a party, and we're hoping for a big one! The original event in 1908 drew over 8000 people to Greenwich (in 1908, no less), and we're shooting for a big attendance as well.

We are building on the established Artisan Faire at the Gibbon House yard which draws more than 2,000 over the two days. Our projected weekend schedule is –

    • Saturday
      • 8:30 AM         Teaburners’ 5K one mile Walk/Run
      • 9:00 AM         Meerwald sailings all day
      • 9:30 AM         Teaburners’ Awards ceremony at School
      • 10:-5                37th Annual Artisan Faire
      • 10 – 5              Children’s Art Contest Exhibit at the School
      • 11:00               Re enactment of tea loaded off “Meerwald”, New Jersey’s Tall Ship, at end of Ye Greate St.
      • Ancillary Street Events – re enactors of 18th and 20th Century
      • 6:00 PM          Re enactment of 1774 Tea burning
      • 7:30 to 8 PM  Fireworks
    • Sunday
      • Meerwald sailings all day
      • 10 – 4              37th Annual Artisan Faire
      • 10 – 4              Children’s Art Contest Exhibit at the school
      • Ancillary Street Events – re enactors of 18th and 20th Century
      • 1:00                 Parade down Ye Greate Street
      • 2:00                 Dignitary Ceremony

Our most important goal is to locate, contact and honor as many Descendants of the Tea Burners as we can, and recent publicity, as well, as the efforts of the local DAR and SAR, have put us in touch with many people.

The names on the monument are our source. If any of you can provide us with a list of living descendants, it sure would save a lot of work, and believe me, YOU will get all the glory!! Remember that the Tea Burning took place on December 22, 1774, as a reference. (Street addresses would be nice, but email addresses are also good.)

The Tea burners were:

EBENEZER ELMER

TIMOTHY ELMER

JAMES EWING

DR. THOMAS EWING

JOEL FITHIAN

PHILIP VICKERS FITHIAN

LEWIS HOWELL

RICHARD HOWELL

JAMES BOOTH HUNT

JOHN HUNT

ANDREW HUNTER, JR.

JOEL MILLER

ALEXANDER MOORE, JR.

EPHRIAM NEMCOMB

SILAS NEWCOMB

CLARENCE PARVIN

DAVID PIERSON/PEARSON

STEPHEN PIERSON/PEARSON

HENRY SEELEY

JOSIAH SEELEY

ABRAHAM SHEPPARD

HENRY STACKS

SILAS WHITEKAR

There may have been others, but that's the list at this point.

If there is an area that you would like to work on we are looking for volunteers who will do small jobs now. If you plan on attending, you may volunteer for a task one of the days of the week end. We have a lot of territory to cover; any and all help will be appreciated.

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Other things we are working on:

  • Solicitation of area businesses,
  • A souvenir program with ads,
  • coffee table photo book of 1908 and 1958 Monument celebrations,
  • Art contests for stamp cancellation on Saturday and Sunday,
  • Town yard decorating contest,
  • boat races,
  • promotional items for sale,
    • Cat’s meow of Monument
    • small Tea Pot
    • China pitcher
  • and much more.

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