Princeton in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Release
Location. 42° 30.39′ N, 71° 52.19′ W. Marker is in Princeton, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker can be reached from Worcester Road (Massachusetts Route 140), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is not visible from the road, but the rock on which it is carved is (barely). Called Redemption Rock, it is located in the woods to the left of Route 140 when traveling northwest. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton MA 01541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redemption Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Fitchburg Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (approx. 7.3 miles away); Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (approx. 7.4 miles away); Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace (approx. 8.5 miles away); Lancaster (approx. 8.9 miles away); Rowlandson Rock (approx. 9.6 miles away); a different marker also named Rowlandson Rock (approx. 10.4 miles away).
Regarding Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Release.
During captivity Mary met several Native American leaders, including the Wampanoag sachem Metacom himself, called King Philip by the English. Finally in May 1676, John Hoar negotiated her release (when King Philip was not around) and escorted her to Boston, where she was reunited with her husband. Some months later two of the couple’s children were also released, the third having died in captivity.
The above details are mainly from King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias (The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 1999).
Also see . . . More information. Includes (Submitted on June 25, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Military • Native Americans • Notable Persons • Wars, US Indian •
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