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East Bay's Native history a labor of love for a Warren man

The Warren Times published an article on November 13, 2019 that described the efforts of Warren resident David Weed to establish a National Heritage Area that features local 17th century history. Editor Ted Hayes reported: “Places like Plymouth or the Great Swamp may get more attention, but a local historian says this area’s rich Native […]

17th century tour guides distributed in the eight Sowams communities

Discover the history of the Sowams Heritage Area and the story of East Bay, RI and nearby Massachusetts in the 17th century with this series of tour brochures from Sowams Heritage Area made possible with RICH grant funding. Thank you to WPS member David Weed for your dedication to this project. The six pocket-size tour […]

Council Oak in Somerset properly trimmed in 2015 ceremony

Fire Keeper for the Royal House of the Pokanokets, Dighton Intertribal Council, and Affiliated Tribes of New England, Gray Fox (Roger Desrosiers) spiritually cleansed the area around the 400 year old Council Oak on the property of Saint Thomas More Church at 386 Luther Ave, Somerset, MA on November 25, 2015. The tree is thought […]

Sowams history celebrated over 100 years ago in 1914 Warren pageant

In 1914, the Town of Warren put on a pageant to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Founding of the First Church and of Rhode Island College, and now Brown University, and of the setting off of the town of Warren in 1746. The Pageant was given on the afternoons of October 9th, 10th and […]

Dr. Weed teaches about Sowams at the Barrington Learning Center

Dr. David Weed gave a 90-minute talk about the history of Sowams, the home of the Massasoit Osamequin in Warren and Barrington, to a group at the Barrington Learning Center on November 15, 2019. Weed described how the relationship between the Pokanoket natives and the English colonists insured their survival in the years following a 1621 treaty […]

Future of Barrington Nockum Hill Lot 3A discussed at public forum

The Town of Barrington held a public workshop for all attendees to share their thoughts on the future use of Lot 3A on George Street, part of the historic Nockum Hill Area that dates back to the founding of the Town. Director of Planning Philip Hervey began the workshop with and overview of the property, […]

Hike the Mowry Path that Metacom, Weetamoe and their followers took to the Taunton River

Everett Castro of Green Futures 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. The group stopped at King Philip’s Spring (number 9 on […]

DCR archaeologist describes the first people of Fall River to seniors

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Archaeologist Ellen Berkland introduced about forty seniors at the Second Half Lifelong Learning Center in Fall River to the first people who entered this region over 12,000 year ago at a presentation she gave on November 5, 2019. Ellen has been a practicing archaeologist for over 30 years, including work for […]

Paul Cote leads family members and Meetup group to Abram’s Rock in Swansea

Local historian and Bristol Community College faculty member Paul Cote conducted a four corners blessing at the top of Abram’s Rock in Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall.on November 3, 2019. Starting at Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall and Library, Paul led a group of 27 to Abram’s Rock, a large conglomerate stone outcropping in the […]

NEARA Conference explores early boundaries and indigenous migration patterns

About fifty members of the New England Antiquities Research Association held their fall conference at the Warwick Radisson Hotel on November 1st and 2nd, 2019. Much of the conference centered on the identification and preservation of ceremonial stone landscapes in New England but also featured an early video by Morse Payne on how town boundaries were laid out beginning […]