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Lancaster in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Rowlandson Rock

 
 
Rowlandson Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, July 25, 2010
1. Rowlandson Rock Marker
Inscription.  Rowlandson rock is the site where captives such as Mary Rowlandson, her son, and others from Lancaster, spent their first night. The Indians holding them captive had just raided and burnt the Rowlandson Garrison and all of the buildings in town.

Any person that did not escape, was killed or held captive.

February 10 – 1675

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansWars, US IndianWomen.
 
Location. 42° 26.727′ N, 71° 42.02′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is deep in the woods, about 400 feet north of two large water towers at the end of Winsor Road, off George Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster MA 01523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rowlandson Rock (approx. ¾ mile away); Lancaster (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sawyer-Carter Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture
The Rock Itself with Marker in Front image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, July 25, 2010
2. The Rock Itself with Marker in Front
Watch out for poison ivy!
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of the Great Elm (approx. 1.7 miles away); Prescott Grist Mill (approx. 1.8 miles away); Neck Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Regarding Rowlandson Rock. On February 10, 1675/6, during King Philip’s War, Indian raiders led by Nipmuc sachem Monoco attacked Lancaster, MA, and carried off 24 hostages. One was Mary Rowlandson, the minister’s wife, who later wrote a detailed narrative of her ordeal. (The year was written as 1675 in colonial times, when each new year was considered to begin in March, but today we would call it 1676.)

Several other markers in central Massachusetts identify further sites to which Mary Rowlandson was moved during her 82 days of captivity.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Mary Rowlandson. More about Mary Rowlandson. (Submitted on July 25, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,566 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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