Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall features several unusual rock formation, aka “pudding-stones”, including Abram’s Rock, Wildcat Rock and Lion Rock.
Wrote Orrin Gardner “The most familiar legend handed on to us about Abram’s Rock is that he was a poor Indian who had deserted his tribe, coming to this settlement where he made his living in peace. But King Philip of the Wamponoags decided to take Abram back, fearing his friendship for the white man. Abram found this towering rock as a hiding place. On the west side is a room formed by boulders. It is still called ‘Abram’s Bedroom’ — after 300 years. He is said to have lived there for several months, til tracked down and captured. He was given a chance for his life. The sentence was death or three leaps from the top of the rock to the ground below. Abram took the chance, and tradition says that his first and second leaps from the towering rock were safely made, but the third jump killed him.”
The Rock is the largest of several rock outcroppings situated in Village Park, a wooded area behind Joseph Case Middle School,
A sign points to Wildcat Rock and Abrams Rock on a trail that begins at the back of the parking lot between Swansea Town Hall and the Library.
Abraham’s Bedroom on the west side of Abraham’s Rock provides a natural shelter.
The park provides miles of walking trails through beautiful natural scenery. The main trail leads to Wildcat Rock shown in the photo on the right..
Click here for an 11-minute video of Professor of History Paul Cote who gave a tour and a brief history of Abrams rock and of the important people of Swansea.
Click here for a minute video of the rock by the Patriiot Ledger.