Spring Thaw: The First People’s Journey
Following the Water
Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, Brewster Conservation Trust, and Dennis Conservation Trust, join 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks for a fascinating series of interpretive walks exploring the history of Cape Cod from the First People and early European settlers to the nature of Cape Cod today. This is an engaging three walk series that follows a progressive storyline about human settlement near freshwater sources and coastal water embayments and will take place at locations within the towns of Harwich, Brewster, and Dennis.
Directions: Directions will be emailed after you register (pay by credit card) at right.
Cost: $45.00 for the series (if you join one or all three walks, it’s a one-time fee of $45.00).
WALK #1: Harwich, Saturday, April 6th
10:00 a.m. – noon
(Rain date: Sunday, April 7th)
First People of the Herring River Valley
Learn about the fluid glacial origins and progressive shaping of Cape Cod through 6,000 years of First People settlement along the Herring River valley as we follow the water of this ancient corridor. We will consider their lifeways as early as 9,000 years ago to the first European encounters up to Verrazano c. 1524.
WALK #2: Brewster, Saturday, April 13th
10:00 a.m. – noon
(Rain date: Sunday, April 14th)
First People of Saquatucket to John Wing and Quaker Path (1659)
Join the First People at Saquatucket, which means "at the outlet of a tidal river," where a tremendous volume of fresh water drains down from High Brewster through the Stony Brook valley and intermingles. Contrast this with the early English settlement by John Wing and John Dillingham c. 1659, and how the simple Quaker Path from the Dillingham house to Bass River Village relates to the formation of the Yarmouth Quaker Meeting.
WALK #3: Dennis, Saturday, April 20th
10:00 a.m. - noon
(Rain date: Sunday, April 21st)
Ralph of Nobscusset to Rafe of Portanimicut (1643-1816) and Indian Town (1713) to Yarmouth Quaker Meeting (1714)
We will start with the area known as Nobscusset and come to understand the historic period migration of this community to Potunimicut (South Orleans). Learn more about the free movement of First People along the Bass River corridor and how that changed and they either went to Potunimicut or were squeezed into an area designated "Indian Town." We will link how the Quaker Path and the first Yarmouth Quaker Meetinghouse played a role in a more sympathetic and supportive attitude toward the First People in this area.