By Michael Tougias
The site of the Brookfield Garrison is located on Foster Hill Road in
West Brookfield, Mass. It is a beautiful country road with battle markers
that is best explored by foot. Just before the plaque for the Garrison
is a Benjamin Franklin milestone, situated about ten feet off the road,
partially hidden in the tall grass.
A marker and sign commemorate the ambush at Bloody Brook in the little
hamlet of South Deerfield. To get an idea of what the area looked like
at the time, be sure to drive or climb up to the top of Mount Sugarloaf.
From this lofty perch, not much of the Pioneer Valley appears to have changed
in the three hundred years since the war.
The Great Swamp Massacre site is in Kingston, Rhode Island and there
are granite markers at the site, and at Smith's Castle in Wickford where
the soldiers retreated after the attack.
Turners Falls has a small marker on the northwest side of the river
where the attack occurred, but the falls itself looks nothing like it did
at the time of the war because of the hydro electric dam. There is a viewing
station to see anadramous fish go up the river operated by Northfield Power
in Turners Falls.
Bristol, Rhode Island was the tribal headquarters of Philip, and the
Haeffenreffer Museum is located there, as is King Philip's seat, a ledge
of rock where it is said Philip addressed his tribe.