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Springfield Mountain

Few early “American” folk songs were native to the colonial settlers. Outside of Amerindian musical culture, most songs were imported from the British Isles and Africa.  This is one of the rare folk songs which was written and developed in the United States.  Its roots are difficult to trace, but evidence points to it being written around 1761, when Timothy Myrick of Springfield Mountain, Massachusetts died of a snake bite. This makes it one of the only pre-Revolutionary folk songs written for and by American colonists still present today.


About Shauna Vert

Digital History geek, museum lover, former Smithsonian intern and uOttawa alumni. Tweeting @Shaunanagins, brainwaving at

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