The city of Boston is a vibrant and bustling location full of history, activities, and plenty of places to eat. Just a short drive from the city is the perfect day trip from Boston, where individuals step back in time to the formation of our country. Experience how the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrims lived in the 1600s, deciding for yourself who you’d rather live with. The answer will be eye-opening.
The Plimoth Plantation
What is so special about Plimoth Plantation? As a living history museum, it’s packed with history where guests can have a first-hand look and experience what life was like in the 17th century. Dedicated to showcasing the history of Plymouth Colony through the eyes of the Native Wampanoag people as well as the Pilgrims, the museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as unique shops and cafés.
Two Cultures in One Tour
The first outdoor living history exhibit that guests will encounter on their visit is the Wampanoag Homesite, located on the banks of the Eel River. Here you will discover how the 17th-century Wampanoag would have lived along the coast during the growing season, planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. You’ll see different kinds of homes, including a mat-covered wetu, the Wampanoag word for house, and a bark-covered long house or nush wetu, meaning a house with three fire pits inside. Food is cooked over an open fire using only the ingredients that were available in the 1600s.
The Plimoth Grist Mill
Nestled alongside the bucolic Town Brook, the Plimoth Grist Mill tells the story of the grist (corn grinding) mill built by the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony. Guests will be able to explore the mill and learn about the importance of mills in the 1600s, the process of grinding corn, and the ecology of the Town Brook area, including the annual herring run.
The most exciting aspect of the Plimoth Plantation is the opportunity to interact with people dressed as Pilgrims, that know the history of the location as well as what life would have really been like back in the 1600s. The same goes for the Wampanoag Homesite. Native people are dressed similarly to what the Wampanoag people would have worn, offering an inside look into their community and daily life.
Experiential Workshops & Overnight Stay
Popular with children and parents alike is an overnight program, offered from March through November during the regular museum season, which provides museum admission for two days, traditional meals, and hands-on workshops, including beekeeping, gardening, and cooking.
Choose a Wampanoag overnight experience and you’ll explore the Wampanoag culture with a Native Museum Educator. Share a meal and visit a wetu, the traditional home of the Wampanoag people. Guests can also interact with materials and techniques to craft something to take home!
Want to know what it felt like to be a Pilgrim? The colonial overnight provides guests with a New England dinner and a nighttime walk with a Museum Educator to discern the sights and stories of Plimoth Colony. For a little piece of history, guests are offered the opportunity to write with a quill pen and play some traditional games from the 1620s.
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Experience a piece of history with an interactive and immersive trip to Plimoth Plantation. Explore what life was like in the 17th century and learn the history of the area and its people. Take a day and get out of the city to experience the culture and the origins of the country.