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Danvers in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Village Training Field

1671

 
 
Village Training Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
1. Village Training Field Marker
Inscription. Defense was a prime necessity to the early settlers of Salem Village, and as early as 1671 the male inhabitants began meeting here for military drill. This preparation was heightened in 1675 during the King Philip War in which many villagers took part. In 1709 Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll willed this field “to the inhabitants of Salem Village for a training place forever.”

In the 1770s Danvers alarm companies began training here in anticipation of troubles with Britain, and it was from this spot that Danvers minutemen responded to the Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775. Danvers, with more than 300 men in 9 companies, was the most distant town to respond to the alarm, and in the ensuing action lost 7 killed, 2 wounded, and 1 captured, the town suffering the most casualties save for Lexington itself.
 
Erected 1974 by Danvers Historical Commission.
 
Location. 42° 34.03′ N, 70° 57.901′ W. Marker is in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Centre Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on Centre Street, between Ingersoll Street and Ingersoll Pkwy. Marker is in this post office area: Danvers MA 01923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Marker on Centre Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
2. Marker on Centre Street
The Village Training Field is located in Danvers, Mass. The town changed its name from Salem Village to distance itself from the Salem Witch hysteria of 1692.
distance of this marker. Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Village Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1681 Salem Village Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1734 Addition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Parris Archaeological Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Church in Salem Village (approx. 0.3 miles away); Salem Village Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danvers.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
Village Training Field in Danvers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
3. Village Training Field in Danvers
Minutemen trained and drilled on this field prior to and during the Revolutionary War.
Salem Village Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
4. Salem Village Historic District
The Village Training Field is located in the Salem Village Historic District. This marker is located several blocks west of the field.
 
 
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