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    Key moments in the history of the Old South Meeting House

    Boston Globe./File 1921

    Key moments in Old South Meeting House’s history

    1729 The Old South Meeting House is built to replace a wooden Puritan meetinghouse that dated to 1669. Members of the congregation would soon include Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

    1773 A meeting of colonists debating taxation leads to a raid on British ships docked at Griffin’s Wharf in what would become known as the Boston Tea Party.

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    1775 British troops gut the interior, bring in dirt and gravel, and transform the building into a riding school.

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    1783 After extensive repairs, the building is restored as a place of worship.

    1876 Bostonians fight to preserve the building from destruction.

    1877 The Old South Association opens the building to the public as a museum.

    SOURCE: Old South Association