Keith Morton leads a group that includes three Pokanoket Tribe members to Margaret’s Cave

According to Warren Town Historian Virginia Baker in 1904, Roger Williams was sheltered by the Pokanoket Massasoit Osamequin for 14 weeks in the winter of 1636 after Williams was banished from Salem, MA, and walked the sixty miles to Sowams, the Massasoit’s home in what today is Warren, RI. Following his recovery from an illness, he went on to Omega Pond and then to found Providence, RI. Click here for a 36-minute video of the walk to the Cave.

Warren resident and Providence College Faculty Member Keith Morton led a group that included three members of the Pokanoket Tribe on a walk from his property to Margaret’s Cave in nearby Swansea on July 25, 2020.

 

(Above, left) George Gustafson, his friend Chris Howard and his daughter, Elizabeth, join the group as they walk past Keith Morton’s farm. (Above, right) Marc Kohler and Marc Canuel examine the inside of the Cave with Pokanoket Tribe member Yvonne Birgadano (Storyteller).

(Above, left) Keith presents his view of Roger Williams to Marc, who leads a Roger Williams Study Group. (Above, right) Elizabeth, Chris, George and Marc examine the spot where Williams was said to have spent 14 weeks in the winter of 1636 in the care of Margaret, a Pokanoket wife of the Massasoit Osamequin.

(Above, left) Pokanoket women Yvonne and Michelle Bethune (Blue Shell) talk with Keith while Marc pauses on the walk. (Above, right) Michelle and her brother, Coy, also Pokonoket, walks back to Keith’s farm at the end of the walk.

Click here for a 36-minute video of this walk to the Cave.

Click here  to read a description of Margaret’s Rock with historical references written by Keith Morton.

Click here for a description of Margaret’s Rock on the Williams Family Association website.

Click here for a page about a visit to the Rock and Cave with Providence College Professor Keith Morton.

Click here for a 17-minute video of Keith Morton talking about Margaret’s Cave

Click here for a page about a visit to the Rock and Cave with Keith Morton and God, Guns and Providence author James Warren.

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