Parting Ways (Plymouth, Massachusetts)

Parting Ways (Plymouth, Massachusetts)

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Parting Ways (Plymouth, Massachusetts)

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Parting Ways was an African-American settlement of freedmen on Route 80 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, near the Plymouth/Kingston town line. Other names for Parting Ways include the Parting Ways Archeological District and the Parting Ways New Guinea Settlement. It was founded on by four former slaves who fought in the Revolutionary War: Cato Howe, Prince Goodwin, Plato Turner, and Quamony Quash and their families. They were granted the land and their freedom by the Massachusetts courts due to their service in the war. Part of this land was added to the National Register of Historic Places onApril 19, 1979.

The site consists of a cemetery and the foundations of the families' houses. This site was excavated in the middle 1970s by an archaeological team headed by the late Dr. James Deetz, a professor of anthropology at Brown University and assistant director at Plimoth Plantation.

National Register listing

  • Parting Ways Archeological District
  • (added 1979 - District - #79000367)
  • Also known as Parting Ways
  • Address Restricted, Plymouth
  • Historic Significance: Information Potential
  • Area of Significance: Historic - Non-Aboriginal
  • Cultural Affiliation: Afro-American
  • Period of Significance: 1750-1799, 1800–1824
  • Owner: Local Gov't
  • Historic Function: Agriculture/Subsistence, Domestic
  • Historic Sub-function: Agricultural Fields, Agricultural Outbuildings, Secondary Structure, Single *Dwelling
  • Current Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture
  • Current......
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