King’s Rock historic marker installation announced in Swansea, MA

Rhode Island Representative June Speakman and Massachusetts Representative Steven Howitt were joined by Warren Town Council Member Keri Cronin, Pokanoket Sachem Dancing Star, Pokanoket Sagamore Winds of Thunder, Johnson’s Roadside Farm Market and land owner Tim Johnson, and Blount Fine Foods President Todd Blount for the installation of an historic marker at King’s Rock on Market Street (Route 136) just south of the Market. Click here for an 8-minute video of the event held on November 13, 2023.

The Rock, which straddles the Warren/Swansea line on the west side or Route 136, was known as the place on Sachem’s Knoll where American Indians from all over New England celebrated their victories in tribal wars and talked about their peace treaties. Historian Otis Wright stated in his 1917 History of Swansea, “In this rock can be seen a hollow where Indian women ground their corn for the feast.” (Above) Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed welcomes the group to the site for a few remarks and a blessing.

(Above) RI Representative Speakman, Warren Town Council member Keri Cronin and MA Representative Howitt are joined by Johnson’s Market owner Tim Johnson who donated the site and Todd Blount, President of Blount Fine Foods, who sponsored the marker that was designed by Karen Dionne. [Photos by Rock Singewald]

(Above, left) Swansea Historical Society President Carl Becker and Swansea Town Planner John Hansen are pictured with Project Coordinator Dave Weed. (Above, right) Pokanoket Sachem Dancing Star offers a blessing next to the Sagamore Winds of Thunder. The marker is part of a series of historic markers placed throughout out a nine-town region by the Sowams Heritage Area Project that is working on National Park Service recognition of the Sowams Area (Sowams.org).