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Bernardston in Franklin County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort

1630 - 1930

 
 
Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort, Route 10, Northfield Road (East) image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, March 27, 2012
1. Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort, Route 10, Northfield Road (East)
Inscription. Built in 1740 on this site. The first Proprietor's Meeting in Fall Town was held here in 1741. The Lieutenant's son Eliakim was shot by Indians in 1747 while working west of the fort walls.
 
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 40.298′ N, 72° 30.752′ W. Marker is in Bernardston, Massachusetts, in Franklin County. Marker is on Northfield Road (U.S. 10), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bernardston MA 01337, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deacon Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort (approx. 1.9 miles away); King Philip's Hill (approx. 2 miles away); Bernardston Veterans Monument (approx. 2.1 miles away); Burke Fort (approx. 2.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Indian Council Fires (approx. 2.7 miles away); Captain Richard Beers (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Settlement (approx. 3 miles away); Connable Fort (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bernardston.
 
More about this marker.
Lieu. Ebenezer Sheldon Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, May 20, 2011
2. Lieu. Ebenezer Sheldon Fort Marker
The marker prior to restoration.
Located at the intersection of Route 10 and Purple Meadow Road in Bernardston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tercentenary Commission Markers. Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on May 21, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 

2. The Line of Forts (Historical Archaeology on the Colonial Frontier of Massachusetts). This marker was placed at the site of one the forts established by Governor William Shirley, along the northern border of Massachusetts, as a defense against the French and their Indian allies. Construction of these forts or fortified houses immediately preceded the French & Indian War (1754-1763).
These frontier fortifications of the Massachusetts Bay Colony were the subject of a 2006 publication titled The Line of Forts (Historical Archaeology on the Colonial Frontier of Massachusetts) by Michael D. Coe. (Submitted on July 6, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.   2. submitted on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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