Sowams Project presented at Heritage State Park in Fall River

Visitor Services Supervisor and Rhode Island College Adjunct Professor of Communication, Jim Lopes, (left) invited Dr. David Weed, Project Coordinator for the Sowams Heritage Area to speak at the Heritage State Park “Lunch Meets Lecture” series on October 2, 2019. Dr. Weed spoke in the Visitor’s Center auditorium for about an hour about the Project that highlights the 17th century history of Sowams, the area from Swansea to Providence and included references to a number of locations from that period in nearby Swansea, MA. Dr. Weed described King’s Rock and Sachem’s Knoll on Route 136 in Swansea, as well as Margaret’s Cave, the Cahoone Brickworks from 1673, the Benjamin Cole House from 1705, and the 1680 Church of Christ, all located in Swansea. Dr. Weed concluded his talk by referring to Winslow Point just north of Fall River on the Taunton River where Metacom and Weetamoe  crossed the River to what is now Somerset to escape capture by Col. Benjamin Church at the outbreak of the King Philip War in July of 1675. That was also the likely place where Pilgrim Ed Winslow also crossed on his way from Plymouth to visit the Massasoit Osamequin in Sowams, now Warren, RI, in July of 1621. Click here for a 52-minute video of his presentation.

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