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Explore Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Exploring Plymouth, MA


    Plymouth, MA -- On that day in December in the year of 1620, 102 pilgrims bravely stepped off their ship, the Mayflower, onto Plymouth Rock establishing the first permanent European settlement in America.  At “America’s Home Town” you can relive this exciting adventure.  Visit authentic historic landmarks, tour living history museums, and take in the activities and festivities celebrating this important time in history.
    Autumn is a great time to visit Plymouth, you’ll find less crowds,  plenty of fall colors and America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration, held throughout November.
    
    Most sites are located in the city and are within walking distance.
 
Plymouth Rock is where it all began.  Due to souvenir hunters, the rock is considerably smaller but it is now protected.  National Monument to the Forefathers is 81 feet tall, built in 1889; Burial Hill is the oldest marked burial site of the Pilgrims. No admission fee.  

Mayflower II, a full-size reproduction of the original ship that in 66 days crossed the Atlantic, seems amazingly small considering it carried 102 people, animals, and sup-plies. Costumed guides portray  passengers and crew share interesting facts and entertaining stories.  Exhibits add to the enjoyment of this attraction.  Admission fee.  
More Information:  (508) 746-1622

Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum, where you can walk through a stockade of wooden houses--an actual reproduction of the 1627 Plymouth village.  The costumed guides reenact life of this era including seasonal activities like planting gardens, harvests, food preparation, and preserving--all with 17th century tools and means.  You can ask the costumed villagers questions and hear their replies in Elizabethan English!  Outside the stockade find Hobbamock’s Homesite, a 17th century encampment of Wampanoag Indians; learn of their culture and how they interacted with the pilgrims.  For a real treat, visit the village on Thanksgiving Day.  With reservations, you and the pilgrims of Plymouth can together sit down to a Thanksgiving feast.  Visitors center, snack bar, restaurant and shops.  Admission fee. Open April through November.
More Information:  (508) 746-1622

Pilgrim Hall Museum opened in 1824 and is one of the oldest public museums in America.  It contains the largest existing collection of Pilgrim possessions--furniture, paintings and the remains of Sparrow Hawk, one of the ships that brought colonists to Plymouth. The hull was constructed from naturally curved tree trunks and branches.  Admission fee.  Open February through December (closed Dec. 25).
More Information:  (508) 746-1620

Children’s Museum offers kids the chance to operate a weather station at a lighthouse, drive a fire engine, deejay a radio station, and explore the hull of a ship. Admission fee.  Open year-round.
More Information:  (508) 747-1234

Plymouth National Wax Museum contains 180 life-size wax figures, and with the use of sound and light effects, many scenes from Plymouth’s history--like stepping onto Plymouth rock and the first Thanksgiving--come to life. Admis-sion fee. Open March to December.
More Information:  (508) 746-6468

Mayflower Society Museum, built in 1754 by Edward Winslow, who later as a Tory fled to Canada at the onset of the Revolution. This lovely white building has a double staircase, formal gardens, furnishings from three centuries, and is rich in history--Ralph Waldo Emer-son got married in the front parlor, ether was discovered here, along with many more interesting facts.  The General Society of Mayflower Descendants and its library is located here--packed with genealogy information.  Admission fee. Open July through Labor Day, Library open year-round.
More Information:  (508) 746-2590

Richard Sparrow House, built in 1640 is the oldest surviving wooden-frame house in Plymouth.
More Information:  (508) 747-1240

Jabez Howland House, home to Mayflower passengers, John and Elizabeth Howland has been re-stored with period furniture by The John Howland Society, formed by Howland descendants.
More Information:  (508) 746-9590



 

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