Richard Colton, historian for the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, will lead a walking tour of the site of Shays's Rebellion on the Armory grounds on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.
In protest of excessive taxes and an unjust court system, Daniel Shays, a Revolutionary War army captain, helped organize a rebellion against the government of Massachusetts. On January 25, 1787, he led a group of armed rebels in an attempt to take over the Springfield Arsenal. The militia defending the Arsenal killed four of the insurgents and wounded many more. The rest retreated in disarray without firing a shot. Nevertheless, Shays's Rebellion is considered one of the major turning points leading to the formation of the United States Constitution. Colton will show where on the Armory grounds the action took place and describe what the approaching rebels would have seen. The tour is part of the Second Saturday Walking Tour series, co-sponsored by the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association and the Springfield Museums. Walking tour tickets may be purchased in the museum Welcome Center on Edwards Street on the day of the event. Tickets are free for members of the civic association or of the museums. Tickets for non-members are $5 per person. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the neighborhood. The walking tour ticket will also provide $2 off the price of an adult admission to the Springfield Museums on the day of the tour. For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413-747-1830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.