Parker River Watershed Cultural History




The Native Americans of Northeastern Massachusetts referred to the Parker River as "Quasacuncon" which meant waterfall. The English colonists used several additional names for the Parker such as Newbury River, Oldtown River, or the Falls River. On September 22, 1697 the Newbury selectmen ordered that the river be "called by the name of the river Parker in remembrance of the worthy, learned, and reverend minister Mr. Thomas Parker, who was a first planter and pastor of ye church of Newbury and learned schoolmaster."


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PRCWA Contacts

We'd love to hear from you and get your input on ways to preserve the Parker River Watershed and the Plum Island Sound.

PO Box 798, Byfield, MA  01922
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Webmaster: Jerry A. Mullins

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Share common experiences & observations in our three beautiful watersheds (Essex, Ipswich, Parker).  Please share your activities with your photographs, mapping your location, and if possible, a journal reflection.


The results of your journal entry will be visualized, along with all of the other participants.

Our Purpose!


The PRCWA is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restoration and protection of the waters and environment of the Parker River and Plum Island Sound Watersheds.


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