What was it like to live in a once thriving colonial seaport in February 1775 on the eve of the American Revolution? The Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters from the Middling Sort, a living history group, who will represent personas from colonial Newport on Saturday February 20, 2016from 10am-2pm during Liberty or Loyalty.

During this interactive program patriots and loyalists will discuss the city’s tense political climate and how remaining loyal to the crown or declaring liberty effects their daily lives. Watch Daughters of Liberty sew homespun fabric. Listen to Crown supporters debate if they should return to England and the consequences to their families, businesses and property. Visitors will be invited to take a stance and decide if they choose Liberty or Loyalty.

Liberty or Loyalty takes place at the 1739 Colony House on Washington Square. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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