Village Training Field

Village Training Field (HMBSB)

Location: Danvers, MA 01923 Essex County
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N 42° 34.03', W 70° 57.901'

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Defense was a prime necessity to the early settlers of Salem Village, and as early as 1671 the male inhabitants began meeting here for military drill. This preparation was heightened in 1675 during the King Philip War in which many villagers took part. In 1709 Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll willed this field "to the inhabitants of Salem Village for a training place forever."

In the 1770s Danvers alarm companies began training here in anticipation of troubles with Britain, and it was from this spot that Danvers minutemen responded to the Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775. Danvers, with more than 300 men in 9 companies, was the most distant town to respond to the alarm, and in the ensuing action lost 7 killed, 2 wounded, and 1 captured, the town suffering the most casualties save for Lexington itself.
Year Placed1974
Placed ByDanvers Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 338712 N 4714622
Decimal Degrees42.56716667, -70.96501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 34.03', W 70° 57.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 34' 1.80" N, 70° 57' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)978, 617, 351
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 85 Centre St, Danvers MA 01923, US
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