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There is Meaning in the Path Way to the Wampanoag Homesite.

August 25th, 2009 by Tim



Hello Everyone,

I have for awhile wanted to talk about this because most visitors to the museum might of missed this.  If you walk down our new path way to the Wampanoag Homesite you will see this group of stone’s at the turn to the homesite and you might walk right by with out a thought , but these stones are very important and are their for a reason. 

This is a gathering circle and would of been a meditative spot for Native people and a place to rest for them too.  These stones are placed in a the four cardinal directions north, south,east and west.   The four cardinal directions had meaning to Indigenous people then and today. 

Their is a large white stone and it faces the east.  That is quartz stone.  The Wampanoag are the people of the east and quartz was a stone they used a lot here in the east.

I see lots of visitor’s sitting here and that’s great,  but i don’t think they know why this was here ,  I hope they know now.  It  is a great spot to rest.

I used a guide that plimoth plantation had made up to help  me with this post,  it’s called” voice of the land “  thank you to those who helped write this.

hope you visit us soon!


circle of stones


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5 Responses to “There is Meaning in the Path Way to the Wampanoag Homesite.”

  1. Donna Nelson says:


    Great photographs of the gathering circle — the circle of stones always catch my attention and “invite” my daughter and me to sit — and I always admire the quartz stone. I originally come from a place where quartz is part of the landscape — but I had never seen such a large stone of quartz as the one on the Homesite — it is beautiful to see. The gathering cirle is such a delight to find as one meanders down the wooden path from the Visitor’s Center to the Homesite. Thank you for the photographs of the Homesite’s gathering circle.

  2. Tim says:

    Hey Donna,

    Thanks my camera takes great photo’s and it a cheep camera too. The large quarts stone is cool but I think my favorite on is the pudding stone, it next to the quarts stone it’s the one that looks like it has a bunch of stones crushed in to one, This was made by the glacier’s thousands of years ago. I also like the stone in the middle too.

  3. Donna Nelson says:


    A great camera for a great eye, mind, and heart creating all these wonderful shots and vblogs (videoblogs?!

    I love the name “pudding stone” — and I’ll take a closer look at it! Stones, like photographs, tell such great stories: “a bunch of stones crushed in to one” (I love to try to imagine that happening) — and they are great “tellers” of time: “made by the glacier’s thousands of years ago”!

    Speaking of time…my daughter is under the impression that the middle stone is a sun dial. Is her impression right???

  4. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  5. Donna Nelson says:


    I agree with Bill — and I love that I “hear” a person when I read your writing — an authentic voice! Thanks for all the info and insight!

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