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Norton in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

King Philip's Cave

 
 
King Philip's Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, 2011
1. King Philip's Cave Marker
Inscription. The Native American Sachem, Metacomet of Pokonoket, called King Philip by the English, Sachem or chief of the Wampanoag people is reported to have used this area as a stopping place. It provided a natural fortress for his many visits to the settlements of Plimouth and Taunton, both part of the Plimouth colony. Numerous Native American villages have been discovered along Winnecunnit Pond, which were then visible from this natural great hill, as was the Old Bay Path, and all of the surrounding country side.

During King Philip's War (1675-1676) after a raid and burning of the settlement of Taunton in June 1675, and nearby homestead of Sgt. William Witherell, Philip and his warriors are believed to have taken refuge here as they withdrew in advance of militia from Plimouth & Taunton under the command of Captain Benjamin Church.

King Philip's Cave is a natural stone formation created by the advance and withdrawal of ice sheets during the last ice age about 13,500 years ago. These glaciers were over a mile thick, and hundreds of miles wide. They carried tons of soil and rock which they deposited throughout this area. The large stones and boulders that form King Philip's Cave are called conglomerate or "pudding stone." These stones are "glacial erratics" left behind as the ice sheets melted and retreated.

King Philip's cave

King Philip's Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
2. King Philip's Cave Marker
is preserved by the Land Preservation Society of Norton for the education and enjoyment of visitors.
 
Erected 2007 by Norton Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 58.809′ N, 71° 7.865′ W. Marker is in Norton, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Stone Run Drive, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norton MA 02766, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winneccunnett Pond Area (approx. mile away); The Site of the First House in Norton (approx. mile away); First Burial Ground (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Old Bay Road (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of First Church in Norton (approx. 3.1 miles away); Norton Common Burial Ground (approx. 4.3 miles away); Stony Brook (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mansfield Orthodox Congregational Church (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norton.
 
Also see . . .  Entry for King Philip's Cave on the Land Preservation Society of Norton website. There are additional photographs of the cave on this page. (Submitted on January 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWars, US Indian
 
King Philip's Cave area image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
3. King Philip's Cave area
King Philip's Cave Trail image. Click for full size.
By Linda Kollett
4. King Philip's Cave Trail
 
 
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