Indian Council Fires - Northfield, MA
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 39.696 W 072° 27.627
18T E 708132 N 4726364
Quick Description: An historical marker relating to events occuring during the start of the King Philip's War.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 10:45:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMCZYN
On Millers Falls Road (Route 63) in Northfield there is a marker that tells of the location of three Indian council fires and the ambush and death of Captain Beers. Captain Richard Beers commanded a company of soldiers that came north from Hadley to evacuate the settlement at Northfield, which had been attacked two days earlier. Beers' company was ambushed by Indians on 4 September 1675. Beers and more than half his men were killed.
The marker is inscribed:
1630 - 1930
INDIAN COUNCIL FIRES
Two hundred and fifty yards
eastward are the sites of three
large Indian council fires. The
Beers Massacre of September
4, 1675, took place in a gorge
one-quarter mile to the
Massachusetts Bay Colony
Agency Responsible for Placement: Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission
Year Placed: 1930
City/Town Name: Northfield
Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]
Agency Responsible for Placement (if not in list above): Not listed
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