Independence Through Pot Lids
Before the Revolutionary War there had already been many skirmishes with the British. There was the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the battle of Bunker Hill. The townspeople of Salisbury, Massachusetts sought fit to support the cause six weeks before the Declaration of Independence was read on the steps of the State House with their own declaration of support.
According to town records, "It was voted that if the honourable Congress, that for the safety of the said colonies declare them independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, they will solemnly engage with their lives and fortunes to support them in the measure."
|Photo: Doug Peabody|
The Revolutionary War may have been fought by men but colonial women had just as an important role as the soldiers. According to tradition, the women of Salisbury brought their pewter ware to the common, to melt down into musket balls.
All colonial settlements set aside an area known as a town common. They were used as a "common" area to graze sheep and cattle until fields could be cleared. Commons were also a central area the people used for meetings. On the Salisbury Common were a meeting house, court house, and garrison house. The common was also a parade ground the local militia used for drills.
This old postcard above shows the monument when it was new, on Pot Lid Square, a small park in the town center. The stone was once an old meeting house stepping stone. The lower photo shows the same monument today with a lovely weathered look of lichen and green patina on bronze.