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Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

First Encounter Monument

Commemorating the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans

First Encounter Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Paine Carlson
1. First Encounter Monument Marker
Inscription.  On this spot hostile Indians had their first encounter December 8, 1620, old style, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, John Tilley, Edward Winslow, John Howland, Edward Tilley, Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Dotey, John Allerton, Thomas English, Master Mate Clark, Master Gunner Copin, and three sailors of the Mayflower Company
Erected 1920 by Provincetown Tercentenary 1620 Commission, John F Paramino, Sculp. 1922 Boston, Ma.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is December 8, 1620.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 49.332′ N, 70° 0.207′ W. Marker was in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker could be reached from Samoset Road. It was located up a dis-used path to the north of the First Encounter Beach Parking Lot. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Eastham MA 02642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location
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, measured as the crow flies. First Encounter Plaque (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36500 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Commemorating the Battle of Rock Harbor (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Encounter (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eastham Town Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eastham Remembers (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
More about this monument. The older of two monuments commemorating the same event, the Pilgrims’ first encounter with Indians. This one, erected 1920, is supposedly on the spot where the encounter took place.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2011, by Rod Funston of Eastham, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,483 times since then and 132 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Rod Funston of Eastham, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 4, 2023