Wednesday, May 9, 2012

King Philip's Seat

King Philip's  Seat is a hollow in the side of an outcrop, that is thought to have been used by Metacomet as a council meeting place.  The area, now Mount Hope in Bristol, RI,  was once Metacomet's summer encampment, Montaup.  I visited it in August 2008, on the last day the Haffenreffer Museum was open to the public.  Since then, the grounds are strictly private property.
The seat faces east.  The outcrop has some interesting features.
Directly in front of the outcrop is a small spring, reputed to be the site where Metacomet was slain. I don't think the PVC pipe was there then.
This site has a commanding view of Mount Hope Bay,  Tiverton, and Fall River.
Unfortunately, it was raining.
There was a wetu (wigwam) on the grounds.  This became a handy model for painting reconstructions.

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