Indian Village Pakachoag - Worcester, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 14.103 W 071° 49.024
19T E 267548 N 4679716
Quick Description: Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary Commission Marker recalls the Pakachoag Indians and the missionary work of John Eliot.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 8:33:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMERCC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The Pakachoag tribe, a member of the of the Nipmuc nation, were the original Native American settlers of the Worcester area of central Massachusetts. John Eliot, co-editor of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book published in the British North American colonies, was a missionary to the Native Americans in Massachusetts. John Eliot is best known for putting Native Americans into planned communities in hopes of forming a Christian society. At their peak there were 14 "praying Indian" communities. The King Philip's war terminated these efforts.

An historical marker on Southbridge Street (U.S. 12) and Malvern Street in Worcester has been erected by the Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary Commission recalling the original Pakachoag Indian settlement and the missionary work of John Eliot. The marker is inscribed:

1630 - 1930

Indian Village
Pakachoag

One-half mile up Malvern
Road is the Indian spring and
the site of the Indian village
Pakachoag, clear spring, one
of the three Indian villages on
Worcester ground. John Eliot
preached here in 1674.

Massachusetts Bay Colony
Tercenternary Commission

Agency Responsible for Placement: Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission

Year Placed: 1930

County: Worcester

City/Town Name: Worcester

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

Agency Responsible for Placement (if not in list above): Not listed

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