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Lynn, Massachusetts: Cannon Rock, Vikings and Druids

Mysterious rock, mistaken for a cannon during the Revolution. Vikings may have left it, or Druids, or Phoenicians, take your pick.

Phaeton Rock Rd, Lynn, MA
I-95 exit 44 or 44B to Hwy 129. Drive east on Hwy 129 for 1.5 miles. Get into the left turn lane, turn left at the stoplight onto Millard Ave., then make the first left onto Longwood Rd. At the end of Longwood Rd, turn left onto Range Rd, then immediately right onto Range Heights Rd. Drive a quarter-mile, and make third left onto Phaeton Rock Rd. Park at the end of the cup-de-sac, and walk uphill to the rock.
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Cannon Rock.

Cannon Rock

Cannon Rock was mistaken for a cannon during the Revolutionary War. It is perched on three small stones on the edge of a cliff. In the 19th century it was considered evidence of Viking settlement in the area.

In the 20th century it has been considered evidence of Phoenician and Druid settlement, and thought of as a dolman. Laurie Cabot, the famed Salem witch, has spent time communicating with Druid spirits here.

In recent times dynamiting for housing development has made the town secure the stone with timbers and cement so that it does not tumble onto the houses below. See this natural wonder before the tragedy happens.

[Bill LaCivita, 12/18/2014]

The rock is also known as Phaeton Rock or The Lynn Dolmen, and weighs an estimated 65 tons. For a preview of what might eventually happen, look here.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Skull CliffSkull Cliff, Lynnfield, MA - 2 mi.
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Salem Witchcraft Victims MemorialSalem Witchcraft Victims Memorial, Danvers, MA - 5 mi.
In the region:
Witch Gaol Plaque #2, Salem, MA - 4 mi.

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