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The Nobscussett Tribe The First To Feed The Mayflower Pilgrims

The Nobscussett Tribe The First To Feed The Mayflower Pilgrims

Nobscussett Tribe Burial GroundA few years ago we vacationed in Cape Cod in December and as with all of our vacations we traveled around the area and took in the sights in order to appreciate the area more.  On one of these outings we came upon a sign for the "Burial Grounds Of The Nosbscussett Tribe Of Indians" in the town of Dennis.  We stopped and I ventured on the overgrown path off the road to the burial ground.  This sacred ground was overlooking a body of water and appeared to be maintained and had recent visits from people leaving offerings of sea shells and garlands for the Christmas season.

Nosbscussett Tribe Burial GroundThe only sign at the burial ground simply stated, "Burial Ground of the Nosbscussett Tribe of Indians of which tribe Mashantanpaine Was Chief".  It was a peaceful place but yet I could not help but think of the sadness and hardship these people endured.

What inspired me to write this post is that when I Googled the name of this tribe the only link that offered any info was  And I thought it was worth sharing on this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

According to this site, "The Nobscussett was the first tribe to meet the Mayflower Pilgrims. The Pilgrims had come ashore looking for food and found bushels of corn that the Nobscussett had left as an offering to their ancestors" probably to dissuade the new comers from staying in the area, since the remarks continued to say that the Tribe was able to get those Pilgrims out of the area.

From this bit of information, the Nosbscussett Tribe was helpful in feeding the Mayflower Pilgrims, but not the tribe that was part of the gathering that inspired this holiday of Thanksgiving.

The Nobscussett Tribe The First To Feed The Mayflower Pilgrims


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Comment balloon 13 commentsGloria Todor • November 27 2014 06:09PM


Thanks for an interesting tidbit of history! No one treated the native Americans very well! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Long and Foster) almost 3 years ago

I am always glad to learn something new in the Rain. This Thanksgiving information is some I had not heard until today.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago

Wow!  It was the locals feeding a bunch of undocumented aliens!  The Nobscussetts set a good precedent.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Gloria and Doug!  Thanks for sharing the history.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 3 years ago

Gloria & Doug, I almost feel like you resurrected the Nosbscussett Tribe. I never heard of them either but I do love Cape Cod. I have an old friend who lives on the Cape. We are due for our annual telephone conversation. I'll bring it up and see what she has to say.

I'm glad you found this sacred burial ground. You may have stumbled upon something that has been kept secret and could be worth exploring further. It was the perfect post for Thanksgiving Day and now the day after, I'm glad I found it too!

If I had it my way, I would have your post featured.

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 3 years ago

Lise Howe so true.  And still have their troubles.

Debbie Reynolds AR is such a good source of info for real estate and non real estate info!

Patricia Kennedy Yes they did feed them!

You are welcome Bob Crane! Have a great weekend!

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof . Gosh if you found out any more info please write about it.  I did not have luck looking on line.



Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 3 years ago

That was an interesting discovery to share-  There is so much  history in our backyards ;  its great to stumble upon something new or not well known. Sometthing to use for our family Trivia Night.  Thanks again.

Posted by Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales (Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York) almost 3 years ago

Hi Gloria,

I love American history.

Happy Holidays

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind (Keller Williams Realty) almost 3 years ago

Hi Gloria, I have heard many stories and there are many more stories out there and the stories seem hard to verify and get more detailed information. That may be why information about this tribe and chief may be a little scarce. I think this is a great topic to do some research on. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 3 years ago

Thanks for telling us about the Nosbscussett Tribe. This is interesting history. 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

Michele Cadogan hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  Sounds like a great family activity at your house with the Trivia Night!

Hi Kristin Hamilton , Yes there are still so many stories to be told or retold!

Hi William Johnson the Internet is limited on info on this I guess looking in the local libraries would possibly reveal more info!

Roy Kelley I would love to know more.  It is good that this place is being preserved.

Take care everyone!




Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 3 years ago

I have been to Dennis on many occasions, My next trip will be to look for this same spot

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 3 years ago

Hi Ed Silva , That sounds great! Be sure to go down path even though it might be over grown.  There is a map in the above link.  Hope you find it!  We found it by chance.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 3 years ago

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