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Mt. Obweebetuck

Posted By: Scorpio <Scorpio@threadcity.com>
Date: Monday, 11 February 2002, at 7:17 p.m.

Where is Mt. Obweebetuck?

 

Mount Obweebetuck -- Sacred Indian Burying Ground

Posted By: Tom Beardsley <tom@threadcity.com>
Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2002, at 9:25 p.m.

Mount Obweebetuck is the highest point in Windham, and is located in South Windham, close to the Lebanon border. There are many fresh water springs on the mount, and legend has it that this is a sacred Indian burial place. Obwebetuck is Algonquin for either "top of a tree," "separated from river"or "at the end of the river. There's a great view of the mount from the Windham Cemetery. Julian Alden Weir, the famed New York City impressionist artist who spent his summers in Windham Center in the 1890s, asked to be buried within sight of Mount Obwebetuck. He claimed it emanated great spirituality. Weir painted the mount, and you can see it here:

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In 1888, Smith and Winchester built the South Windham Hotel on its peak. It was not too successful, and in 1892 became the Houston Narcotics Institute, a cold turkey dry-out establishment for wealthy drug addicts and alcoholics. It was a beautiful building, and unfortunately was burnt down circa 1908. Last year I walked amongst its substantial basement and foundations with Ruth Ridgeway, who was town historian for many years.It is located on Sanitarium Road in South Windham, but is on private property. One of Windham's many best kept secrets! 

 

Posted By: Scorpio <Scorpio@threadcity.com>
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2002, at 1:33 a.m.

In Response To: Mount Obweebetuck -- Sacred Indian Burying Ground (Tom Beardsley)

Is there a map available that shows the Mt. Obweebetuck location? 

 

Posted By: Tom Beardsley <tom@threadcity.com>
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2002, at 7:54 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Mount Obweebetuck -- Sacred Indian Burying Gro (Scorpio)

http://docs.unh.edu/CT/will45sw.jpg

This shows that its 637 feet above sea level