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Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture

 
 
Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 30, 2010
1. Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture Marker
Inscription. In the field nearby was situated the garrison house of the Rev. Joseph Rowlandson first ordained minister of Lancaster. During his absence on February 10, 1675-76 this garrison house was attacked and destroyed by the Indians. The inhabitants were massacred or carried into captivity. Later most of them were redeemed.

The minister’s wife immortalized her experiences in “The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” first published at Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1682.
 
Location. 42° 26.993′ N, 71° 40.525′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Main Street (Massachusetts Route 70), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster MA 01523, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Great Elm (approx. half a mile away); Rowlandson Rock (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Rowlandson Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lancaster (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace (approx. 3.4 miles away); "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Wider View image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 30, 2010
2. Wider View
The marker stone is now (June 2010) in plain sight from the road. It has been moved around a lot in the past, sometimes to where it could not be seen easily.
(approx. 4.4 miles away); Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (approx. 5.2 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Regarding Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture. During King Philip’s War, one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history, Mary Rowlandson (c. 1637-1711) was captured with her three children and 20 other residents of Lancaster who were taking refuge in her house. Her husband had gone to Boston to plead for more troops to protect the town.

In an ordeal lasting almost 12 weeks she was separated from her children and moved “up and down the wilderness” (as she later wrote), through what is now central Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and New Hampshire. She escaped torture and death by knitting shirts, socks, caps, and similar garments in return for food.
 
Also see . . .  More information. Includes additional links about Mary Rowlandson and her book. (Submitted on June 25, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraMilitaryNative AmericansNotable PersonsWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,645 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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