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Celebrate this Independence Day in Revolutionary style! Join the oldest heritage organization in the region, Historic New England, at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury for dinner around a rough farm table. Bethany Groff, author of “A Brief History of Old Newbury from Settlement to Separation” will regale diners with tales of the legendary privateer Captain Offin Boardman while guests sip traditional rum punches, provided by Turkey Shore Distilleries.

“This is a man we would all want to share a punch bowl with,” said Groff. “He was a bold man, a soul-searcher, a party animal, a romantic, and a key to the story of the birth of our nation. He is best known for dare-devil antics, capturing British ships with style, and even escaping from a notorious English prison not once, but twice!” Using excerpts from Offin Boardman’s diary, along with archeological studies and maritime records, Groff will introduce you to a national hero who was, and remains, larger than life.

In the late eighteenth century, the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm was the country estate of Captain Offin Boardman. The soaring rafters and massive beams of the 1775 barn are a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun.

Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman

Friday, July 6  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 7  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information and to purchase tickets: $35 for Historic New England members and $55 for non-members.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit