Monday, March 30th
Guided History Walk:
From Gosnold (1602) to Aptucxet Trading Post (1627)
About this walk:
Co-sponsored by The Falmouth 300 Committee Land Trust and Harwich Conservation Trust, join storytellers Todd Morgan Kelley and Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks on a guided walk exploring the history of Native Americans and early settlers in the Coonamessett River region. We’ll gather “at the place for lampreys” or long fish at the headwaters of Coonamessett River and imagine the landscape and lifestyle of the First People prior to European contact. We’ll consider Bartholomew Gosnold’s intent in making early contact observing the shoreline and landscape of this North Part of Virginia thus naming Martha’s Vineyard (Cuttyhunk Island initially) and the peninsula of Cape Cod by 1602. We’ll span twenty-five years of European exploration, contact and settlement up to the establishment of Aptucxet trading post (1627-1634) which became the indoctrinating schoolhouse for English commerce (merchant adventure) to make direct inroads into the nature and cultural leadership across Cape Cod. This commerce of exchange was the prelude to Wampum becoming conceptualized as currency (money) and had permanent irreversible impacts on Indigenous Peoples’ way of life.
Directions: You will receive directions with your reservation confirmation email.
Day/date: Monday, March 30th
Rain date: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $20.00 per person
Space is limited, so advance reservation (payment) is required.
Reserve at right by credit card.
Distance: approx. 1 mile