By Rebecca Hyman
Metacom, known to settlers as King Philip, is such an iconic figure in town the Cultural Council picked him to be the subject of artist Jesse Green’s chainsaw sculpture honoring a piece of Raynham history.
And it’s no accident there’s a King Philip Street in town.
Historical Commission Chairman Lou Pacheco said Metacom is remembered as a “benevolent” figure in Raynham because he forged a cooperative relationship with the owners of the old ironworks and, in effect, issued an order not to harm the people of Raynham.
As a result, Pacheco said, Raynham was a peaceful island during the horrific King Philip’s War that ravaged both sides across New England in 1675-76 and left neither with clean hands.
Below: "Chainsaw artist Jesse Green works on his King Philip sculpture at Raynham Pride Day in September."