LIberty Tree/Brackett's Tavern site
Site of Quincy’s Liberty Tree, rallying place for patriots prior to the American Revolution. John Adams often walked past this spot during his travels from his nearby birthplace, and later his own home and law office, and as a young man wrote about the importance of the "Tree of Liberty" that stood on this site.
Backstory and Context
SUNDAY. MAY 4TH. 1766, “I saw for the first Time, a likely young Button Wood Tree, lately planted, on the Triangle made by the Three Roads, by the House of Mr. James Brackett. The Tree is well set and well guarded and has on it, an Inscription ‘The Tree of Liberty,’ and ‘cursed is he, who cutts this Tree.’” --John Adams, Diary.
Liberty Trees such as the one on this site became important rallying points for patriots here in Massachusetts and around the colonies, their size offering a natural landmark around which to gather, and their sturdy nature symbolic of the deeply rooted nature of the rebellion. The concept of liberty trees later spread to France during the French Revolution.
Taverns were also important gathering points for the patriots and Brackett's Tavern, a notable Quincy landmark in its day, stood on this site before and during the American Revolution. Today, Quincy newcomer Liberty Tavern across the street honors the spirit of liberty that lifted this community in the 1770s and beyond.