Nobscusset Burial Ground Traditional Geocache
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Nobscusset Burial Ground in Dennis MA, off Route 6A - Park on Osprey Ln across the road from the entrance to the site. PLEASE be careful crossing the road!
A May, 1657 deed signed by Nobscusset chief Mashantampaine handed over to English settlers Anthony Thacher, John Crow, and Thomas Howes most of the land in northern Dennis and Yarmouth - pretty much everything you see as you drive along Route 6A from Barnstable to Brewster. The Nobscussets were then relocated to a reservation in the vicinity of Scargo Lake, known to the Native Americans as Nobscusset Pond, where today an ancient burial ground holds the mortal remains of that now extinct tribe. There are no stones to see, only a plot of land encircled with a granite and iron fence, and a plaque that identifies the spot as “The Burial Ground for the Nobscusset Tribe of Indians.” The tribe’s 17th-century Sachem, Mashantampaine, is buried here. Everytime I have visited this site there have been items left on a rather large stump near the entrance of the burial ground. Those items are NOT for you to take. PLEASE treat this area with respect. The cache is located in the southeast corner of the area towards the pond in one of two evergreen trees. There is no trick to this cache (like a few of my others *g*), I simply wanted to bring you to this incredible spot. Also, please note that there is private property on either side of the site so PLEASE be respectful of land owners as you approach the cache.