March 30, 2020: Coonamessett Native History Walk

Walk leaders (L to R): Marcus Hendricks and Todd Kelley

Please click here to reserve for the March 30th guided history walk:
From Gosnold (1602) to Aptucxet Trading Post (1627)

About your experience:

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.

Cost: $20.00 per person

Location: Falmouth
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

Space is limited, so advance reservation (payment) is required.

Distance: approx. 1 mile

Helpful info.:
Please bring walking shoes/hiking boots and water.
This moderate walk is recommended for ages 12 and up.