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Reading in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Indian Stones

 
 
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By Kevin Craft, October 24, 2015
1. Indian Stones Marker
Side A
Inscription.
Side A
Commemorate event in early history of Vermont. Captured by Abnakis for ransom at Fort No. 4, Johnson family, Miriam Willard, Peter Labaree, and Ebenezer Farnsworth camped here 30 August 1754 enroute to Montréal. The next day a daughter was born to Mrs. Johnson in a shelter made by the Indians about one-half mile up Knapp Brook.

Side B
Enduring many hardships the party went on with their captors to Montréal where the captives were sold or turned over to the French for ransom. After six years the Johnson family was, by various means, reunited in Charlestown. The other captives had been freed as well.
 
Erected by Reading Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 43° 26.792′ N, 72° 32.13′ W. Marker is in Reading, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on Vermont Route 106 north of Knapp Brook Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at a small pull-out. Marker is in this post office area: Reading VT 05062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salmond Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bomber Crash on Hawks Mountain / Crew of B-29A #44-62228 Crashed Perkinsville, Vermont 15 June 1947
Indian Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, October 24, 2015
2. Indian Stones Marker
Side B
(approx. 5.2 miles away); The Gage Accident (approx. 5.7 miles away); Salmon Portland Chase (approx. 7.5 miles away in New Hampshire); Cornish-Windsor Bridge (approx. 7.9 miles away in New Hampshire); Constitution House (approx. 8 miles away); Revolutionary War Campground on the Crown Point Road (approx. 8.3 miles away); Vermont Gold Rush (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Designated an Historic Site on the National Register - 1974.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Wideview of Indian Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, October 24, 2015
3. Wideview of Indian Stones Marker
Indian Stones in the background
Indian Stones image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, October 24, 2015
4. Indian Stones
Engraved above left stone:In 1918, These stones were placed in their present position by a descendant of Captain James Johnson and Susannah, his wife.
Engraved on left stone:On the 31st of August 1754, Capt. James Johnson had a daughter born on this spot of ground, being captivated with his whole family by the Indians.
Engraved on right stone: This is near the spot that the Indians encamped the night after they took Mr. Johnson & family, Mr. Laberee & Farnsworth. August 30th 1754 and Mrs Johnson was delivered of her child half a mile up this brook.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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