What does iconic patriot John Adams — a chief advocate for American independence and second president of the new nation he helped create — have to do with the “Loyalists,” who stuck to their allegiance to the British crown when the shooting began?
For starters, the big Adams family residence preserved at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy was built by a Loyalist family who fled America in fear during the Revolution and sold their property to the Adamses afterward.
The Loyalists, also called Tories, will have their story told on Saturday when the Adams park hosts a program titled “Liberty or Loyalty?” that features Loyalist reenactors, the creator of the “Tory Trail” (a parallel to the Freedom Trail), and the author of a new book (”Defiant Brides”) about two women from Loyalist families who married patriot generals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Robert Knox can be reached at rc.knox2@ gmail.com.