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

Hassanamesit

1630 - 1930

 
 
Hassanamesit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, June 8, 2011
1. Hassanamesit Marker
Note: Marker pictured in its original location. It was refurbished and replaced, in 2016, across the street where it is more accessible.
Inscription. John Eliot established here in 1651 a village of Christian Indians called Hassanamesit - "at a place of small stones." It was the home of James the Printer who helped Eliot to print the Indian Bible.
 
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° 12.408′ N, 71° 41.109′ W. Marker is in Grafton, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Grafton Town Common. Touch for map. Marker located on Town Common at intersection of Worcester Street, Millbury Street and South Street. Marker is in this post office area: Grafton MA 01519, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Hooker Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); Indian Reservation (approx. one mile away); The Old Connecticut Path (approx. 4.5 miles away); Jonas Rice (approx. 5.8 miles away); Wigwam Hill (approx. 6 miles away); Samuel Leonardson (approx. 6.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Worcester (approx. 6.4 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
 
More about this marker.
Hassanamesit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Aberg, March 8, 2016
2. Hassanamesit Marker
New location within common for easy pedestrian access.
The marker was removed for restoration in November, 2014 by the Grafton Highway Dept. The marker was taken to Worcester Technical High School by members of the Grafton Historical Commission and was repaired, restored, and repainted using Massachusetts DOT paint color and formulation (ref: http://www.thegraftonnews.com/worcester-tech-students-restore-historical-markers-to-their-former-glory/ ). The marker was remounted November 24, 2015 by the Grafton Parks & Cemeteries Dept. in a new location within the town common about 75 feet west of the previous location at the town's Civil War memorial.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930). Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on June 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 

2. Grafton Historical Society. The Grafton Historical Society, incorporated in 1964, is a private organization that collects, preserves and interprets objects related to the history of Grafton, Massachusetts. The office and museum are located in the Lower Level of the Grafton Town House (the former Town Hall). (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.)
Hassanamesit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Aberg, March 8, 2016
3. Hassanamesit Marker
New location within town common
 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
John Eliot image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. John Eliot
This portrait by of John Eliot an unknown artist hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“No Puritan leader in seventeenth-century New England was more interested in the welfare of the region's Native American population than John Eliot. A graduate of Cambridge University, Eliot immigrated to Boston in 1631. While serving as the pastor of a church in Roxbury, Eliot began to search for ways to perform missionary work among the region's tribal communities. He studied the local Algonquian language, and by 1646 he was preaching to the native inhabitants in their own language.

In order to protect his potential Christian converts, he established the first of fourteen towns for so called ‘praying Indians’ in 1651. Perhaps his most extraordinary accomplishment, though, was the translation of the Bible into an Algonquian dialect a task that required Eliot to invent new words and new grammatical structures. Its publication in 1661 marked the first printing of a Bible in America.” — National Portrait Gallery
Grafton Town Common image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, June 8, 2011
5. Grafton Town Common
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 614 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2016, by Robert Aberg of Grafton, Massachusetts. Photos:   1. submitted on June 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.   2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2016, by Robert Aberg of Grafton, Massachusetts.   4. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on June 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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