The Legend of Samson Rock - Madison, CT
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N 41° 16.660 W 072° 35.738
18T E 701367 N 4572369
Quick Description: Two legends describing the same natural wonder about a rock, a giant, a flock of geese, Lake Champlain, the Bible, a footprint and more ... Odziozo or Samson, whoever created this unusual landmark, did a fine job.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 5/25/2010 6:56:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM8XC5
Views: 20

Long Description:

You'll find this natural wonder tucked between a shopping plaza and a big Stop & Shop supermarket in Madison, Connecticut. A huge boulder is sitting on top of a rock outcropping. So here is the Legend of Samson Rock, taken from a bronze plaque that was placed under Somson Rock in the outcropping.

This beautiful landmark, SAMSON ROCK, is a boulder
precariously placed on a large outcropping of glacial deposit. As
with most wonders of the natural world, there are legends and
stories to explain their presence. The local Native Americans of
this place in the 17th Century told of a giant, Odziozo, who
followed a flock of geese down the glacier covering New
England long ago. The giant had just created beautiful Lake
Champlain (Petoubouque) and now found himself in the center
of Madison, Connecticut. While here, he created Tuxis Pond,
Tuxis Island and Samson Rock.

It is a long story, but when the early settlers from Europe
chose this beautiful place to live, they wanted to make a legend
of their own to explain the boulder. Since Samson was known
as the strongest man in the world, according to the Old
Testament of the Bible, his name was used as the giant who
scooped up earth, threw it in the Sound, stepping on the rock as
he did so. Well, it must be true because the giant's footprint is
still on Samson Rock. Odziozo or Samson, whoever created this
unusual landmark, did a fine job.

Madison is a beautiful place to live and we are fortunate to
have legends and folklore about it's history. Please enjoy and
respect Samson Rock.

The Madison Foundation, Inc.
Rotary Club of Madison, Ct.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
Additional Requirement?:
There is public access to the rock. A small path is leading up to Samson Rock. Please be careful if you go up. The rocks are sharp and sometimes slippery.


What's the Real Story?:
It is believed that Samson Rock was placed here by a glacier during the last ice age. But hey, what's with the giant footprint?


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