Panel discusses what really happened at the first Thanksgiving

Moderator Ed Iannuccilli welcomes over sixty people to a panel discussion on what really happened at the first Thanksgiving held at the Barn at Mount Hope Farm on November 7, 2021 concluding a day-long event at the Farm. Click here for a 53-minute video of the panel discussion.

Panelist Merritt Meyer of the Mount Hope Board of Directors responds to the first question as panelists David Weed, Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project and Donald Brown, historian for the Pokanoket Tribe/Nation listen.

Ed poses a series of questions about the Pokanoket people who lived with the land that the Farm now occupies. Dave Weed describes the area that was once known as Sowams, the home of the Massasoit Ousamequin who entered into a treaty with the English Separatists in 1621 that lasted over fifty years.

Pokanoket Tribal Historian Donald Brown gives a corrected history of how the relationship between the Pokanoket and the English colonists deteriorated and led to the outbreak of what has been described as the “King Philip War”. Mr. Meyer wrapped up the discussion with a summary of how the Mount Hope Farm will continue to tell the story.