February 25, 2024

New Historic Marker at King's Rock on Route 136


RI Representative June Speakman and Massachusetts Representative Steven Howitt were joined by Warren Councilperson Keri Cronin, Pokanoket Sachem Dancing Star, Pokanoket Sagamore Winds of Thunder, Johnson's Roadside Farm Market and landowner Tim Johnson, and Blount Fine Foods President Todd Blount for the installation of an historic marker at King's Rock on Market Street (Route 136) just south of the Market. A legislative grant and a donation by Blount Fine Foods supported the initiative. The Rock, which straddles the Warren/Swansea line, was known as the place on Sachem’s Knoll where American Indians from all over New England used to celebrate their victories in tribal wars and talk about their peace treaties. Stated Historian Otis Wright in his 1917 History of Swansea, "In this rock can be seen a hollow where Indian women ground their corn for the feast.” The marker is part of a series of historic markers placed throughout out a nine-town region by the Sowams Heritage Area Project that is working on National Park Service recognition of the Sowams Area (see Sowams.org). A video of the event is at https://youtu.be/1KzmbHNH6vI


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