Native and colonial history presented at the Audubon Educational Center

(Above) Dr. Weed poses for a photo with Anne DiMonti, Director of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI. Click here for a 50-minute video of Dr. Weed’s presentation.


(Above) Anne introduces Dr. Weed who took the audience back to the 17th century when enormous changes took place involving the encounter between the native Pokanoket Tribe and the English colonists starting in 1620.


Dr. Weed began by telling how he began his investigation into the historical transformation of the Sowam Heritage Area with the reburial of the Massasoit Osamequin in Burr’s Hill Park behind his house in Warren, RI.


The end of King Philip’s War in 1675-76 led to an attempt to expel the Pokanoket Tribe from the area, but they have since returned and continue to live in the area nearby.


Weed is working to develop a National Heritage Area from Providence to Bristol highlighting the 17th century history of the area that could someday receive federal support just like the Blackstone River Heritage Corridor receives today. Click on the map on the right to see an interactive map of the Sowams Heritage Area.

Click here for a 50-minute video of Dr. Weed’s presentation.