Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wing Fort House--1641

I'm on Cape Cod this weekend for the Wing family reunion. This house was the home of Stephen Wing--the brother of my ancestor Daniel Wing. Daniel is my 10th great-grandfather and he came to Plymouth Colony with mother and other family members in 1632.

This house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

There is some debate as to why it was called "Fort House", but there is a consensus that it was originally fortified in some way. An archeologist spoke to us last night after dinner who has considerable experience at Jamestown and supervised a small excavation here in 2006. He has used the results of that dig to request a grant to do further work to try to determine what fortifications--if any--were originally around the house for protection from Indian attack. More information on this house can be found at the link above.

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