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Jane Tobes, possibly an enslaved woman, admitted that she brought rum to the men working in the fields, enticing them to neglect their work and get drunk. ByRhode Island had replaced corporal punishment like whipping with a plan for its first state prison. There are a couple of versions of the story, but both of them involve Isaac Wilbour, a Quaker from Little Compton.
In both versions, a mob of enraged women surrounded the condemned, demanding she be set free without being whipped. Some local people believe that a history-minded person rescued the real whipping post from oblivion as a landscaping stone, wrapped it in burlap, and buried it near Four Corners.
When word of the hiding place got around, the people who wished to preserve the post dug it up and hid it elsewhere. Or maybe the people who preserved it will present themselves for the credit they deserve. Perhaps Jane Tobes would prefer that it remain hidden, just as she hid the scars on her back. Need Help? Text Jane Tobes, possibly an enslaved woman, admitted that she brought rum to the men working in the fields, enticing them to neglect their work and get drunk.
After Job Almy's house was razed for the parking lot of the new ice cream parlor inthe whipping post that had once leaned against the side of the house disappeared. Get Directions. Related Tours Tiverton: Almost Forgotten. Subjects Crime Politics Myths. Show Comments.
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