Keith Morton leads a group to Margaret’s Rock

Providence College Professor Keith Morton, who lives near Margaret’s Rock, led a group of ten people to the location where it has been said that Roger Williams was sheltered by a Pokanoket woman in the winter of 1636. Before the walk to the Rock, Keith described the surrounding property to Julie Blount of Warren, Po Pummukoank Anogqs of the Royal House of the Pokanoket Nation, Cindy and John Rourke of Rehoboth, Butch and Cindy Lombardi of Warren, George Palazio of Florida, and Otis Read of Warren. A marker placed there in 2011 by the Williams Family Association reads: “Margaget’s Rock – Roger Williams Shelter. Here by tradition, Chief Massasoit and Margaret, both of the Wampanog Tribe, nursed an ill Roger back to health during that very cold winter of 1636 following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.”  Po Pummukoank Anogqs explained the incorrect use of the term Wampanoag to describe the Pokanoket Nation that the Massasoit Osamequin led at the time. The land near the Rock which was likely a winter settlement of the Pokanoket, Click here for a 52-minute video of the walk.

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