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Natick in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Indian Meetinghouse

1630 - 1930

 
 
Indian Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, July 30, 2011
1. Indian Meeting House Marker
Inscription. On this site John Eliot helped his Indian converts to build their first meetinghouse in 1651, with a "prophet's chamber" where he lodged on his fortnightly visits to preach to them in their language. His disciple Daniel Takawambait succeeded to the pastoral office in 1698.
 
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° 16.38′ N, 71° 18.963′ W. Marker is in Natick, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Eliot Street (Massachusetts Route 16) and Union Street, on the left when traveling north on Eliot Street. Click for map. South Natick Common. Marker is in this post office area: Natick MA 01760, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherborn (approx. 2.9 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away); Peak House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Knox Trail (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Eames Massacre
The Eliot Church image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, July 30, 2011
2. The Eliot Church
(approx. 6.2 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Eliot Church of South Natick. The church website provides an abbreviated history of this colonial landmark from 1751 to the present day. (Submitted on July 31, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 

2. Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930). Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on July 31, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial EraNative Americans
 
John Eliot image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. John Eliot
This portrait by of John Eliot an unknown artist hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“No Puritan leader in seventeenth-century New England was more interested in the welfare of the region's Native American population than John Eliot. A graduate of Cambridge University, Eliot immigrated to Boston in 1631. While serving as the pastor of a church in Roxbury, Eliot began to search for ways to perform missionary work among the region's tribal communities. He studied the local Algonquian language, and by 1646 he was preaching to the native inhabitants in their own language.

In order to protect his potential Christian converts, he established the first of fourteen towns for so called ‘praying Indians’ in 1651. Perhaps his most extraordinary accomplishment, though, was the translation of the Bible into an Algonquian dialect a task that required Eliot to invent new words and new grammatical structures. Its publication in 1661 marked the first printing of a Bible in America.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017.
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