Windham in Windham County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The Battle of the Frogs
This Tablet Erected by the
Anne Wood Elderkin Chapter
To Commemorate the Legend of
The Battle of the Frogs
Erected 1924 by Anne Wood Elderkin Chapter D.A.R.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 41° 41.962′ N, 72° 9.48′ W. Marker is in Windham, Connecticut, in Windham County. Marker is at the intersection of Windham Green Road and Plains Road, on the left when traveling south on Windham Green Road. Located on the Windham Green. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Windham Green Road, Windham CT 06280, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charter Oak Sapling (a few steps from this marker); Windham (a few steps from this marker); Windham Free Library (a few steps from this marker); Windham World War II Monument (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Chester Hunt Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Windham Vietnam Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Windham Center Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Willimantic Veterans Council Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Windham.
More about this marker. The librarian at the Windham Free Library generously assisted in documenting this marker.
Regarding The Battle of the Frogs. During the French and Indian War attacks on settlements in New England were frequent. One July night in 1758, with the mill pond at the edge of Windham almost dry from the summer’s drought, bullfrogs in the pond aggressively sought the last remaining water. Their noise alarmed the townsfolk who thought they heard French soldiers and Indians preparing to attack. Women and children found shelter as the militia took to arms. They opened fire in the darkness from a small hill overlooking the pond. In the morning, they found hundreds of dead and dying bullfrogs in the last remaining parts of the pond. The people of Windham were ridiculed in the colonies. But a bullfrog was incorporated in the town seal and the event has become memorialized as a part of Windham's folklore. (As with most legends, dates and details vary with time and the teller.)
Also see . . . The Battle of the Frogs on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 23, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, French and Indian •
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.