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Redemption Rock

Redemption Rock

     Redemption Rock is located along the Midstate Trail in Princeton, Massachusetts, on land managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

     The granite ledge is the site of the release from captivity of Mary White Rowlandson in 1676 during the King Philip War. At the center of the coflict was Metacom, also known as King Philip. He was leader of the Pokanokets, a tribe within the Wampanoag Federation.

     One of the many ironies of this conflict is that Philip was the son of Massasoit; the same Massasoit who helped the Pilgrims survive the first winter in the New World. A father's kindness became the son's curse. Angered by the spread of colonial settlements westward and the conversion of forest to pastureland, King Philip and councils planned the defense of their land. King Philips War, as it became known , would result in the destruction of hunting grounds, winter camps, settlements, and many lives.

  1. NH / MA Line marker
  2. Mt Watatic
  3. Crow Hill Ledges, Leominster State Forest
  4. Redemption Rock
  5. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
  6. Barre Falls Dam
  7. Harding Hill
  8. Sampson's Pebble
  9. Spencer State Forest
  10. Hodges Village Dam
  11. Douglas State Forest
  12. MA / RI Line marker
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