The Bourne Stone

The Bourne Stone

Bourne Stone

The Bourne Stone seems to have a first run used as a doorstep at the Indian Mission (or a Meeting House) established by Captain Thomas Tupper of Sandwich. This church was situated near Herring Pond, opposite the Indian burying ground. When the native people stopped using this church, the stone was removed to the dooryard of a native named Andrew Jackson who lived nearby. The place was also known as the Katherine Parker homestead, and the stone remained there until her descendants sold the place to a white man. Eventually, the owner of the property gave the stone to a Miss Fisher, and she in turn sold it to Percival H. Lombard.

Many attempts over the ensuing years have still not conclusively revealed the origin of the carver or the meanings of these markings; the last investigation was conducted in 2003 in St. Paul, MN.

The stone may be seen in the museum rooms of the Bourne Historical Society in the Jonathan Bourne Historical Center, Bourne Village.

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