Everett Castro of Green Futures (pictured below) led a three-hour, six-mile walk in the Watuppa Reservation along part of the Mowry Path that Metacom, Weetamoe and their followers took at the start of King Philip’s War in June, 1675, to escape the English Militia that had pursued them to Mount Hope in present-day Bristol. Click here for a 27-minute video of the walk.
(Above) Everett describes the route that the group will follow through the Bioreserve that will take them past King Philip’s Spring (right, number 9 on the map) where Philip and Weetamoe camped for three days before heading to Winslow’s Point on the Taunton River where they took mashoons at Tabadacason’s ferry to cross the Taunton River to escape to Nipmuc territory to the north.
(Above) Everett points out one of the tall eastern white pine trees that grow in the forest that were used for ship’s masts in the 17th century. He also spots a large wasp’s nest in a tree along the way.
(Above) Everett points to a deer scrape where bucks paw the leaves away and urinate to leave their scent so does will know they are in the area. Minutes later, some of the hikers spot a doe nearby.