Williamstown in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Here Stood the West Hoosac Blockhouse
Built in 1756 on this house-lot Number Six under decree of the Great and General Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in compliance with urgent appeal from the homesteaders it served as sole refuge from their allied foes the French and Indians. It was witness on the evening of July 11 1756 of the massacre of Sergeant William Chidester his son James and Captain Elisha Chapin by the enemy in ambush without its northern portal Here in peaceful assembly were laid the foundations of town government.
who endured the perils and the appalling loneliness of the wilderness in heroic defense of this barrier township
Kappa Alpha in Williams College
places this stone of remembrance in the year
one thousand nine hundred and sixteen
Erected 1916 by Kappa Alpha.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers • War, French and Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1756.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1090 Main Street, Williamstown MA 01267, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of West Hoosac Fort (here, next to this marker); 1753 House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); World Wars Memorial (about 400 feet away); War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Site of First Meeting House (about 500 feet away); West College (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Meeting House of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamstown.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.