Snowshoe Rock of Doom.

Snowshoe Rock of Doom

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York, Maine

What was later called The Candlemas Massacre began at dawn on January 24, 1692, when Indian warriors led by a French missionary attacked the British settlement of York, slaying dozens of settlers and then marching the survivors into Canada, which led to the deaths of many more. A plaque mounted to a boulder states that the Indians "left their snowshoes on this rock" before destroying the town, and that it was "the worst Indian attack in American history." It wasn't -- although it was still pretty bad -- and the plaque isn't even on the correct rock. According to the York Land Trust, which administers the site, the real rock is about a half-mile away. But the rock's property owner didn't want trespassers, so the already-made plaque was bolted to another rock, next to a nearby road.

Plaque affixed to the Snowshoe Rock of Doom.

Snowshoe Rock of Doom

82 Chases Pond Rd, York, ME
North of town. I-95 exit 7. From the west side of exit 7, drive north on Chases Pond Rd for about one mile. Just past Old East Scituate Rd on the right, you'll see a mailbox for #81. The rock is across the road from this mailbox, on the left.
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