“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buzzards Bay in Bourne in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)


Comassakumakanit Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
1. Comassakumakanit Marker
Inscription.  Long before the first European settlements in the Herring River Valley, a band of Wampanoag Indians lived in this area. The seasonal village called Comassakumakanit, stood beside Megansett Waye, an important trading path linking Cape and the mainland. When the river was dredged to create the canal, logs were found in the streambed, marking the old crossing of Megansett Waye.

Arrowheads found during construction of this trail indicate that the Wampanoag hunted dear and small game in this hilly area. In addition the Indians relied upon the nearby Herring Run as a direct source of food and to fertilize their crop of corn and beans - a practice later adapted by Pilgrim farmers.

Staghorn Sumac, the low tree surrounding you, provided a refreshing drink made from its red berries, only one of the many fruits important to the Indian diet.
Erected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. Marker has been reported missing.
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It was located near 41° 46.321′ N, 70° 33.779′ W. Marker was in Bourne, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. It was in Buzzards Bay. Marker could be reached from Scenic Highway (U.S. 6), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Herring Run Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 810, Buzzards Bay MA 02532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Burying Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Still on Patrol (approx. ¼ mile away); Cape Cod Canal (approx. half a mile away); August Belmont (approx. half a mile away); William Barclay Parsons (approx. half a mile away); Monica Dickens Stratton (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Cape Cod Canal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Edmund Freeman Saddle & Pillion Burial Ground (approx. 2.3 miles away).
Comassakumakanit Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
2. Comassakumakanit Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2023, by Greg Golfomitsos of East Sandwich, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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