The original location of Dunwich is a little uncertain, but it is genreally accepted as lying about three miles south-west of the edge of Independence, on the West bank of the Walsom River, about a mile upriver from Lake MacCabre.
Founded in 1704 by twelve pioneer families (amongst them Thomas MacCabre), the village of Dunwich prospered to begin with, increasing from some 60-odd souls to nearly 250 in just ten years, as more settlers came and joined them.
The winter of 1714, however, was particularly harsh, as the frosts came early and destroyed most of the crops. Add to that the increased Native American hostility after a series of encounters involving hunting parties turned violent and Dunwich looked to be in a very bad way. When spring finally came around, the settlement of Dunwich had ceased to be. The Native Americans were blamed and dozens of reprisal raids were launched by neighbouring pioneers, lasing well into the summer.
Historical investigations into the Native American side of the story only began in the 1960s, and various recordings of the oral histories regarding that period, including numerous references to ‘The Terror’, presumably referring to the settler reprisals, were made.