Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of Conestoga Indian Massacre
December 27, 1763
December 27, 1763
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is December 27, 1763.
Location. 40° 2.278′ N, 76° 18.507′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on North Water Street north of West King Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted above eye-level on the back wall of the historic Fulton Theater, facing Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 North Prince Street (backside of the building), Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Durang (a few steps from this marker); Old Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fulton Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); African-American Women Escape County Jail, 1835 (within shouting distance of this marker); Reynolds House (about 300 feet away, measured John F. Reynolds (about 300 feet away); The Steinman Hardware Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
More about this marker. This plaque marks the site of the Old Lancaster Jail, where the massacre occurred.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Conestoga Indian Massacre of 1763
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1. Ethnic Cleansing in Pennsylvania: The 1763 Massacre of the Conestoga. The series of events that lead to the atrocity included rumors in the commonwealth in 1763 that local tribes were joining Chief Pontiac’s call to attack colonists. Supposedly in reaction to that rumor, a small group of Scotch-Irish men from Harrisburg, who came to be known as the Paxton Boys, rode to the Conestogas’ village near Lancaster and killed six men, and then burned their cabins on December 14, 1763. Lancaster authorities moved the 14 Conestoga survivors to a workhouse in the city for their protection. On December 27, the Paxton Boys followed them there and laid siege to the workhouse. The local sheriff got out of their way after being threatened and the Paxtons brutally slaughtered the 14 Conestoga men, women and children. (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Paxton Boys. The colonial government held an inquest and determined that the killings were murder. (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.