Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993, the Norridgewock is the name of a significant archaeological district in Madison, Maine. It is named after the Native American tribe, Norridgewock (also known as the Abenaki), which inhabited the central part of Maine for centuries. They also had village at this location which was also known as Norridgewock. Just next to the village was a Jesuit mission, now called Old Point. Jesuit missionaries, most notably Sebastian Rale, served here from roughly 1642-1724. The site is significant in that is the location where, in 1724, the British massacred many of the Abenaki as well as Rale. Part of the site is now a Catholic cemetery which contains a few stone monuments commemorating Rale and the Abenaki.
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