Barnstable in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
During the War of 1812, Captain Richard Raggett, of the British blockade ship, H.M.S. Spenser, demanded a ransom of $6,000 from the village of Barnstable, or else he would destroy the extensive saltworks owned by Loring Crocker.
Undaunted, Mr. Crocker and the local “Committee of Safety” requested arms from Boston to thwart the British. In response, four cast-iron cannons, supposedly from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, were sent forth and mounted in the Common Fields and Salteen Point in Barnstable Harbor. A stand-off occurred, and the British departed empty-handed.
Eventually, the cannons were dismantled and stored in Loring’s barn at the corner of Main St. and Mill Way in Barnstable. During the First World War, two of the cannons were melted down for the war effort, and two were given to the court house for display.
Often stolen, and even fired by pranksters on the Fourth of July, these two cannons were permanently cemented in place and the barrels were plugged. They remain today as a tribute to the patriots of Barnstable.
This plaque is presented
Erected 1997 by The families of John H. Crocker and David L. Crocker, of Barnstable, direct descendants of Loring Crocker.
Location. 41° 42.103′ N, 70° 18.262′ W. Marker is in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Memorial is at the intersection of Main St (Massachusetts Route 6A) and Railroad Ave, on the right when traveling east on Main St. Marker located on the commons in front of the Historic Barnstable Court House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3195 Main St, Barnstable MA 02630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marcy Otis Warren (a few steps from this marker); James Otis Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Barnstable County’s 300th Anniversary (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles L. Gifford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mercy Otis Warren (approx. ¼ mile away); Olde Colonial Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Men Of Barnstable (approx. ¼ mile away); The Unitarian Church of Barnstable (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnstable.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 •
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