My sister and I went out exploring yesterday and we decided to hit Plymouth Massachusetts. Plymouth is a beautiful town with plenty to see from the ocean all the way to historical sites. I never get bored here, and I’ve been coming since I was a child. If you grow up In Massachusetts going to the Plymouth Plantation is a right of passage.
While looking around for something different to see we thought we’d check out Sacrifice Rock. Everyone knows the Plymouth Rock (pebble) but many have never heard about this less famous but more interesting (and bigger) rock.
The history of this seemingly innocent and (boring) looking rock is actually pretty interesting and amazing and it pre-dates the early settlers.
The Rock is located on the side of Old Sandwich Road. According to the Antiquarian Society, this is the oldest but least known of the historical sites. Old Sandwich Road, which was formed back in 1632 was a major trail used by the Wamponaag Native Americans. Before embarking on their travels they would stop at this rock and leave a branch or stone upon it.
These little sacrifices were placed there in hopes that it would grant them safe passage on their journey.According to the historians generations of Wamponaag Natives stopped here at this wry spot and over time eventually left enough sticks and stones to create a stick formation, which later caught on fire sadly.
A rock pile located further down the historic road…
We decided to continue driving down Old Sandwich road which eventually turned into a packed dirt road which also had the rock pile you see above and signs that stated that this was once an old cart road.
We got out and walked the path and woods for a bit to explore, ran our Ovilus, which said nothing of note. Nothing that fit where we were. We walked about till dusk, it was a beautiful late afternoon to be out there.
After going back to the car to finish driving out of the area my sister found a cemetery in the woods. I’m not even sure how she spotted it because it was full dark by then. We took a few pictures and then headed out.
Overall it was a great day and an interesting new place to explore. The only unfortunate part is they aren’t maintaining this area for you to visit as history loves, they are planing to pave the road, trees are marked to be cut and the beginnings of condo developments are being built. Like most beautiful historical things in the world, we are going to destroy it by most likely putting up another supermarket. Thank you Towm planners of Plymouth, I guess the plantation isn’t lining your pockets good enough anymore.