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

Tantiusques

1630 – 1930

 
 
Tantiusques Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 24, 2011
1. Tantiusques Marker
Inscription. The graphite or blacklead deposit near by was valued by the Indians for face paint, and by the white men for pencils and other uses. John Winthrop, Jr., was "granted the hill at Tantousq" in 1644, and began to exploit the mine in 1658.
 
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 2.921′ N, 72° 7.432′ W. Marker is near Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of Mashapaug Road (Massachusetts Route 15) and Leadmine Road, on the right when traveling south on Mashapaug Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holland (MA) War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Benjamin Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); From Rail to Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away); 1st Lt. Joshua L. Booth USMC (approx. 4.2 miles away); Hancock Free Academy (approx. 6.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Steerage Rock (approx. 6.4 miles away); Indian Hill (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Tantiusques.
Wider View Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 24, 2011
2. Wider View Looking North
The site of the abandoned graphite mine is not accessible by road, but the area can be explored by hiking a 1.5-mile loop trail (see links below).
 
Also see . . .
1. Hiking information. (Submitted on May 27, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
2. Tantiusques. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 27, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

3. Tercentenary Commission. Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tercentenary Commission, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on May 27, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 817 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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