Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum are a enthusiastic group whose main focus is to see that the Museum is open to the public on a regular schedule. They also provide programs at the museum the second Sonday of each month from April through November.
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06/22/2019

We have an extra program this month......


On Sunday June 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. the Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present
“Home along the Old Bristol Path Thru Dighton Back in the Day”

Myrna Santos will present some interesting local history about Assonet Neck and this area’s role throughout history.

Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off Bay View Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

Hope to see you there.

05/09/2019

Sunday, May 12th at 3:30 p.m.

"Forty Wacks" : Lizzie Borden on Trial

In the summer of 1892, Fall River was the site of one of the most notorious murder trials of the Gilded Age. The wealthy Andrew Borden and his wife Abby were brutally hacked to death. Lizzie Borden, the daughter of Andrew Borden was charged with the gruesome murders. Characterized in the press as the "Protestant Nun," residents of Fall River and the public in general found it hard to believe that a woman of Lizzie's class, background and wealth could commit such a savage double murder. Presented by local historian Gary Hylander PhD. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Note: This program starts at 3:30 p.m.

04/13/2019

" Join independent researcher Gregory M. Lott as he discusses the many places in North America that have been attributed to visiting Norse explorers"
Second Sunday Program at Dighton Rock Museum, located at Dighton Rock park off BayView Ave. Berkley, on April 14th at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the museum, the park and the program is free.

09/06/2018

NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE BEFORE MYLES STANDISH
Dan Byrnes, Interpreter at Myles Standish State Forest,
discusses Native American life before the arrival of the Pilgrims. What was life like here before the arrival of the Pilgrims? How did Indigenous Peoples in this region live? This program will explore the lives, culture
and practices of local Wampanoag people prior to and immediately after European contact.
This progran is on Sunday Sept. 9th at 1:00 p.m. at Dighton Rock Museum. Free and open to the public.

07/13/2018

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance is hosting their Fifth Annual Anglers' Day on Sunday July 15th at Dighton Rock State Park from 12 to 3 p.m. Join us for a river exploration program. Visitors may help seine in the river so dress for going in the water and wear foot protection (no bare feet). Also check out fishing gear, local estuarine and river species, and try your hand fishing with Mass Wildlife ( gear and instruction provided, licence not needed). It's all free!

06/06/2018

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum are holding the following program on Sunday, June 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Dighton Rock Park located off BayView Ave. in Berkley.
Plein air Watercolor Workshop
Lani D' Alfonso is an experienced watercolor artist and visual arts teacher who loves to paint at DCR parks. You are invited to join this interactive workshop. Art supplies will be provided; bring a folding chair and easel if you have one.Space is limited and pre-registration is required. pre-register at (508) 824-4814. Rain date is june 24th. This program is supportered by a grant from the Berkley cultural council, part of the MA Cultural council. Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

05/12/2018

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the program “Native American Connection to the Land’ on Sunday May 13th at 1:00
Hartman Deetz, a Mashpee Wampanoag and cultural educator and historian will share the cultural perspective of people who treasure and respect the natural world and reinforce how living closely with the land builds responsibility and stewardship of the earth. This program is supported by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, part of the MA Cultural Council.
Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock Park off BayView Ave. in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

04/26/2018

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum are presenting an extra program this month.
Gregory Lott will share some information about the Norse and their connection to the earth.
This event takes place at the Museum on Sunday April 29 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Ave. in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

11/08/2017

The Friends of Dighton rock Museum present the program “Meet a Service Dog” on Sunday November 12th at 1:00 p.m.
John Spagna, an Iraq veteran will introduce us to his service dog, Ziggy. John will talk about etiquette for the public when meeting someone with a service dog and about the help that Ziggy gives him for balance and mobility.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
This is the last program for the year. We will be back in April 2018 with our second Sunday programs.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

Hope to see you all on Sunday!

10/06/2017

I just received this: Please note that the October 8th program “Discover Dighton Rock”, with Dr. Hunter has been cancelled due to a family illness. The Dighton Rock Museum will still be open and staffed with docents from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, October 8th thanks to the Friends of Dighton Rock Museum.

10/05/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the program “Stone of Power” on Sunday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Douglas Hunter, author of the soon to be released book “Stone of Power: Colonization and the Erasure of an Indigenous Past” will examine the historiography of Dighton Rock, one of the most contested artifacts of American antiquity. Since first being described in 1680, the forty ton boulder on the east bank of the Taunton River has been the subject of endless speculation over who created its markings or inscriptions. Interpretations have included Vikings, Phoenicians, Native American and Portuguese, and visitors from Atlantis. Meet Douglas Hunter and find out his thoughts on this age-old mystery.

The Museum is located at Dighton Rock Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley. Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

09/07/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present a program
“The Life of a Civil War Soldier” on Sunday, September 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Ken Doyan will introduce us to the life of a Civil war soldier serving in the cavalry.

Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

08/10/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present “The Knights Templar” on Sunday august 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Tim Jones presents historical information about the Knight’s Templar and the possibilities that they visited here more than 500 years ago. He will explore the history of the Templars and their transformation into the Knights of Christ leading to Miguel Corte Real.

Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

07/05/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present a program
“King Phillip’s War” on Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 p.m.
David Jennings, a local historian, will share a close look at the causes and results of King Phillip’s War, including local events. He will bring a variety of visual presentation props to engage the audience.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley. Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

06/06/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present “ Pottery Making Demonstration” on Sunday June 11th at 1:00 p.m. Pied Potter Hamelin blends a pottery wheel demonstration with discussion of the language, stories, history and techniques of pottery making. A pinch pot workshop will take place at the end of the presentation. This program is supported by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, part of the MA Cultural Council.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

05/12/2017

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy Mother's Day join the Friend's of Dighton Rock Museum as they present the play "Treasure Island" by Poss and the Kids, a local theatre group. Because of the forecast of rain on Sunday the play will be held at Chamberlain Farm on Friend St, Berkley. The program starts at 1:00 and is free to the public. The museum , located at Dighton Rock State Park, will also be open.

04/04/2017

This is going to be a great program!

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present “THE FINEST HOURS” by Michael Tougias on Sunday April 9th at 1:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation about the story told in his book The Finest Hours.
This true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue should not be missed!
This program supported by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, part of the MA Cultural Council.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

Come back at 7:00 p.m. to see the movie. Bring a lawn chair to sit on. PG-13, 2 hours. Rain date for the movie is April 15th.

03/06/2017

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum begin their “Second Sunday Programs” on March 12, 2017. at 1:00 p.m.
Plan on joining us as we learn about this section of Assonet Neck in Berkley.

Sunday March 12th 1:00 p.m.
HISTORY OF CHAMBERLAIN FARM & ASSONET NECK
Jacqui Chamberlain and Friends will share the interesting history
of our local Chamberlain Farm and the Assonet Neck area of Berkley.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

10/04/2016

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation present the following program on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

A CLOSER LOOK AT STONEWALLS
How did all these stonewalls get into the woods? Who made them and why? Join with Amy Wilmot from DCR to learn about the history of the park's stonewalls as well as the animals
who use them today.
Dighton Rock museum is located at Dighton Rock Park, BayView Ave, Berkley

Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

09/29/2016

Movie night at Dighton Rock Park! Saturday, October 15th, 6:00 p.m. Bring your own chair and blanket. The movie will be Hocus Pocus! Sounds like a fun time

09/07/2016
Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the program
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION 101 on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
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Keith and Sandra Johnson will demonstrate some of the equipment used, explore a little and tell some of their experiences.

Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

09/07/2016

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the program
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION 101 on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
P

Keith and Sandra Johnson will demonstrate some of the equipment used, explore a little and tell some of their experiences.

Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

09/05/2016

Tomorrow is the last day to visit the museum without an appointment. After tomorrow call Freetown State Forrest for an appointment 508-644-5522. Thanks to Jeff for making the park look so good during the summer!! For now the park will remain open until 6 p.m.

08/24/2016

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the following program at 1:00 p.m.
LOCAL FORESTS – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Gary Plunkett will take us on a walk through the forests of Dighton Rock State Park exploring their history. In case of rain, presentation will be inside the Museum. Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and all programs is free.

08/11/2016

CORRECTION!
Earlier this week I had posted information about this Sunday’s program at the museum.................... due to scheduling issue Mr. Brian Jean will be presenting a talk beginning with “the shot heard ‘round the world”. Guests will hear about outfitting a soldier during the Revolutionary War.

08/10/2016

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum present the following on Sunday August 14th:
KING PHILIP’S WAR 1:00 p.m.

David Jennings will share a close look at this sad time in our local history. Program in the museum.

YOGA WITH MONICA, 2:00 p.m.
All ages; no experience needed. Some mats available or bring your own. Program supported in part by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Outside, so rain cancels.



Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.

Admission to the park, the museum and all programs is free.

07/20/2016

Here is what’s happening on Sunday, the 24th:

THIRD ANNUAL ANGLERS’ DAY, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance will present this river exploration program. Help with the seine in the river, so dress for going into the water and wear foot protection (no bare feet).
Also, check out fishing gear, local estuarine and river species, and try your hand at fishing.
This is always a fun day. So, bring a picnic lunch and plan on spending the day at our beautiful Dighton Rock State Park. The museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

07/06/2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016



ARMCHAIR TOUR OF AMAZING MASSACHUSETTS. 1 p.m.
Derek Gunn will present an armchair tour of "Amazing Massachusetts" sites and artifacts, including rock inscriptions and stone chambers.

YOGA WITH MONICA, 2:00pm -All ages; no experience needed. Some mats available or bring your own. Program supported in part by a grant from the Berkley Cultural Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Outside, so rain cancels.
Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue, Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and all programs is free.

06/21/2016

For the months of June, July and August the Friends of Dighton Rock Museum have added an extra program on the fourth Sunday of each month. Here is the information for June 26th:

LOCAL WILDLIFE WITH BERKLEY ANIMAL CONTROL
Come hear interesting stories about what the Berkley Animal Control has encountered over the years.
Sunday, June 26th 1:00 p.m.
I know they will have information on local coyotes.
Dighton Rock Museum is located in Dighton Rock Park off BayView Ave in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and all programs is free.

Hope to see you all on Sunday!
Diane

05/11/2016

Here is the Second Sunday schedule at the Museum

05/04/2016
Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum presents “HARRY THE HAWK & MINOWEH ” on Sunday, the 8th, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum. The Edmonds Clan descends from the Pokanoket Nation of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Explore local Native American Heritage with traditional prayers, dance, crafts and storytelling.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

05/04/2016

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum presents “HARRY THE HAWK & MINOWEH ” on Sunday, the 8th, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum. The Edmonds Clan descends from the Pokanoket Nation of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Explore local Native American Heritage with traditional prayers, dance, crafts and storytelling.
Dighton Rock Museum is located at Dighton Rock State Park off BayView Avenue in Berkley.
Admission to the park, the museum and the program is free.

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum's cover photo
04/20/2016

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum's cover photo

Check out the new lighting on Dighton Rock.
04/20/2016

Check out the new lighting on Dighton Rock.

04/05/2016
Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

The Friends of Dighton Rock Museum start this season’s “Second Sunday Programs” on Sunday, April 10, 2016 starting at 1:00 p.m. This program, titled “Knights Templar and the Exploration of America Before Columbus”, is presented by David S. Brody.

Here is a brief description of his talk:
Numerous artifacts and sites around New England offer evidence of exploration of North America long before Columbus. Specifically, stone towers, runic inscriptions and strange rock carvings all support the legend of a group of Scottish explorers, with ties to the outlawed Knights Templar, island-hopping their way across the North Atlantic in the late 1300s. Who were they, and why did they come?

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, and a former director of New England Antiquities Research Association, he is a dedicated researcher in the field of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS, and Discovery Channel. Four of the five novels in his “Templars in America Series,” beginning with Cabal of the Westford Knight, have been Kindle Top 10 Bestsellers.

Dighton Rock Museum is in Dighton Rock State Park located on BayView Avenue, Berkley
Admission to the park and the program is free.

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Thanks for hosting today's presentation by Douglas Hunter on his new book, THE PLACE OF STONE: DIGHTON ROCK AND THE ERASURE OF AMERICA'S INDIGENOUS PAST. It was a great talk and I enjoyed his presentation.
Thank you very much for the upkeep of this beautiful park! This time of the year it is a peaceful place for a walk
Miguel corteral portugese explorer