Freetown, MA 02720
Join Green Futures for a walk through the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, to follow in the footsteps of Metacomet (Philip) and Weetamoe (Tattapanum)!
Shortly after the start of King Philip’s War, on July 8, 1675, the militia under Captain Benjamin Church engaged in battle with King Philip and his warriors in a Tiverton field. After the battle, Philip and his followers withdrew to the interior of the Pocasset Cedar Swamp in north Tiverton. The militia followed and on the evening of July 18, 1675, they entered the swamp and were ambushed by a joint force of Indians under the command of both King Philip and Weetamoe.
Escaping during the night the Indians fled to the remote Watuppa area, now part of the Bioreserve, and after three days of rest and recuperation headed northwest to Tabadacason’s Indian owned ferry at Winslow’s Point, Assonet, for safe passage across the TauntonRiver heading for Nipmuck country in a search for allies.
October’s walk will follow the only section left of the old Indian path that Metacomet, Weetamoe and their followers took as they hurried to catch the ferry at Winslow’s Point. Meet at Fighting Rock Corner on the east end of Wilson Road.
Length of walk approximately 2 1/4 miles. A little bushwhacking so wear appropriate shoes/boots for hiking off trail. Water and snack always a good idea. Insect repellent containing DEET and/or picaridin suggested until the first frost in late October. Rain cancels walk.