Dr. David Weed presented the Untold Story of the Sowams Heritage Area to a socially-distanced audience at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth, MA on September 15, 2020. Click here for a 58-minute video of his talk. [Photos and video by Charles Hartman]
(Above) Dr. Weed begin by describing the Pokanoket Tribe who occupied Sowams or the southern region of New England for at least 10,000 years before the arrival of Europeans who chose to settle there. (Click above for larger maps)
(Above) Weed describes the first English settlement in 1643 at the “Ring of the Green” in what today is Rumford, RI, and was at the time part of the original Rehoboth Purchase of 1641 by Rev. Samuel Newman. (Click for a larger map)
(Above) Weed describes “xxx” marks that indicate the fence that separated English from Pokanoket land in today’s Warren, RI, on a map drawn by local historian Virginia Baker in 1903. (Click for a larger map)
(Above) Weed concludes his talk by inviting the audience to visit over fifty locations from the 17th century that he has identified between Providence and Bristol, RI, including some in Rehoboth. (Click for a larger map)
Click here for a 58-minute video of the presentation.