“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Norton in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Winneccunnett Pond Area

Winneccunnett Pond Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
1. Winneccunnett Pond Area Marker
Inscription. Winneccunnett Pond is the only sizable, natural body of water in Norton, Massachusetts. Winneccunnett is a Native American word meaning "the place of the black geese." A Native American village was established on the north end of the pond long before Plymouth Colony was settled.

Metacomet, chief sachem of the Wampanoags and called "King Philip" by the English, came to these shores to hunt and fish. A cave on Great Rocky Hill, not far from the pond is designated, as "King Philip's cave" it is presumed he used this cave for shelter when he came to hunt and fish in the area.

The house of Norton's first settler, William Witherell, built in 1669, was located on the east side of the pond. A marker commemorates the site. Sergeant William Witherell was seriously wounded in the Great Swamp Fight , an epic battle in King Philip's War. In 1685 he was granted a license to sell hard liquor by the general court in Plymouth . He opened what was possibly the first public house in Norton at this site.

Bay Road, an old Native American trail, is one of the oldest roads in Massachusetts. it linked Taunton , in the Plymouth Colony, To Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Along Bay Road were mile markers posts which told travelers how many miles were left till journey's end. Norton still has two of its original markers. The first burial

Winneccunnett Pond Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
2. Winneccunnett Pond Area Marker
ground, where Norton's pioneer settlers are buried, is located about 175 yards due east of the site of William Witherwell's house.
Erected 2007 by Norton Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 58.194′ N, 71° 7.579′ W. Marker is in Norton, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Bay Road, on the right when traveling north. 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. The Site of the First House in Norton (a few steps from this marker); First Burial Ground (a few steps from this marker); King Philip's Cave (approx. mile away); The Old Bay Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of First Church in Norton (approx. 3.2 miles away); Norton Common Burial Ground (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of the First Successful Iron Works in the Old Colony (approx. 5.1 miles away); Memorial for Soldiers against Terrorism (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norton.
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Winneccunnett Pond image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
3. Winneccunnett Pond
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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