Sightseeing and Attractions: (Duration: 8 hours)
Travel to Plymouth and visit Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 17th century Pilgrim life. You will have time to wander the Plantation and absorb the history preserved here. Your tour includes a visit to Plymouth Rock, traditionally regarded as the stepping stone used by the Mayflower passengers when they disembarked at Plymouth. The tour also boards the Mayflower.
17th Century Village
The 17th-Century English Village is a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. The English Village brings colonial Plymouth vividly to life. Here, you will find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens, and heritage breeds livestock. Engaging townspeople are eager to tell you about their new lives in Plymouth Colony.
Step onto a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620. Costumed role-players tell you about their perilous journey across the Atlantic, while modern guides speak about the fascinating history of Mayflower and Mayflower II. Learn about the Mayflower Compact and how America’s constitutional tradition began shipboard almost 400 years ago. Reflect on your own family’s immigration story on one of the world’s oldest wooden vessels that still sails today.
The first outdoor living history exhibit you will encounter on your visit is the Wampanoag Homesite, located on the banks of the Eel River. Here you’ll 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.
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