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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    by CEP1863 Written Dec 8, 2013

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    The museum contains an incredible collection of Pilgrim artifacts that tell the story of how this group of people built lives and homes for themselves and their families in a new world. There is a small theatre where you can watch a short film about the Pilgrims. The museum is incredibly informative and it is a perfect place to start your trip to Plymouth as it gives a good overview to the history.

    Admission is $8.
    Opening daily 09:30 - 16:30.
    Free parking behind the museum

    Pilgrim Hall Museum
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    Mayflower II

    by CEP1863 Written Dec 8, 2013

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    This re-creation of the original ship was built in Devon in the UK at Stuart Upham & Sons and sailed to Plymouth in 1957. It gives a good sense of what the original 17th century ship must have been like. On board there are a number of costumed staff that play excellent roles and give great accounts of what life must have been like both as a sailor and as a pilgrim. Also on board are some of the volunteers who help look after the vessel and they give an incredibly interesting account of how the vessel is maintained now. Between them all, they are a wealth of information and it is really worth spending time with them. I was amazed at how small the space was that housed the 102 pilgrims. How on earth they survived ten weeks in such a cramped space is beyond me.

    Entrance is $10. The Mayflower II is open from 09:00 - 17:00 daily.

    Mayflower II Mayflower II Crew quarters - Mayflower II Pilgrims quarters - Mayflower II Mayflower II
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    National Monument to the Forefathers

    by CEP1863 Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    When I visited here I was the only person there! It is a beautiful monument that is purported to be the world's largest solid granite monument and the third tallest statue in the US. The size alone is impressive but when you walk round and look at the detail it is truly inspirational. The setting is beautiful and on a nice day, it is well worth spending time here.

    National Monument to the Forefathers
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    Brewster Gardens - a haven of peace

    by CEP1863 Written Nov 11, 2013

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    Very close to Plymouth Rock and on the way to the Grist Mill, these gardens are a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle. The gardens are very well tended and there are plenty of benches to sit and savour both the gardens and the brook that runs through. There are a couple of really nice statues located here, one honouring the female pilgrims and the second honouring Plymouths immigrant settlers over the last 300 or so years. The gardens are a great place to stop and rest in between the main sights that Plymouth has to offer.

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    Plymouth Grist Mill

    by CEP1863 Written Nov 5, 2013

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    The mill is run by the Plymouth Plantation and is a short walk from the waterfront via the Brewster Gardens. It is not the original building but a reproduction of the original however it is a working mill and if you visit on a Friday or Saturday you can see the mill actually working. It is advisable to call in advance to check if the mill is working and at what time. Entry into the mill is by guided tour only. The guide was very knowledgeable and clearly had a real love for the mill and a passion for the history of the place, she really brought the mill to life.

    Overall I found the visit to be interesting. If you have never been to a mill from this period or seen a mill working then I would recommend this as something well worth doing.

    The mill is open daily from 09:00am to 05:00pm. Entrance is $6 and tours are run regularly throughout the day.

    The Grist Mill The mill's grinding stones Workings of the Grist Mill
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    Plimouth Plantation

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 2, 2013

    This sprawling open air musuem recreates what the original pilgrim settlement might have looked like with docents re-enacting the role of villagers. There is also a recreation of a Native American village of the time

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    Nelson Beach

    by PupDawg Updated Jan 21, 2012

    Nelson beach is a public ocean front. Recently renovated, it features a great playground for kids, a walking trail and free parking. The beach is spotless and provides a great opportunity to collect rocks and view the Plymouth Harbor. There can be quite a few rocks, especially during low tide so some type of water shoes are recommended.

    We have found many people allow their dogs to run off leash here, so keep that in mind if your dog has issues with other dogs. Week days late in the day is a great time to visit and enjoy the sounds of the surf and the sunset.

    Sit on the rocks and enjoy the view Paved walking trail near the beach Sunset on the beach
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  • History History History

    by PegWags24 Written Apr 9, 2010

    Our trip through New England was wonderful. Just great for us history buffs. Capping it off was Plymouth. Very nice, seafood restaurants galore..Just one bad choice , that was to listen to a presentation for a free dinner at Only Way To Go Travel club. What a scam! Don't waste your time. Go see the rock again.

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    explore the Plantation

    by garcom01 Written Apr 15, 2008

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    One of my favorite places in Plymouth is the old Plimouth Plantation, a re-creation of 1600's Plimouth{old spelling}. It is about a mile or so south of the town center, on rt 3a. It does a good job of explaining what life was like for the early settlers, and {this they didn't have when I 1st came here 30 yrs ago, as a kid} the native americans. There are actors in period clothing, inter-active activities, and multimedia presentations. It may seem a little corny, but it is very interesting.
    Also, the Pilgrim Museum downtown is being expanded, should open this summer.
    Try the clams at Wood's or the Cabby Shack, both on the town wharf

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    View the harbor from the hill above town

    by johncudw Updated Feb 13, 2008

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    This is the view of Plymouth Harbor and an outlying
    peninsula. This sheltered harbor has a strip of
    sand so as to protect from turbulent weather
    This is from the hill above the cemetery.
    William Bradford and many of the other
    first settlers are buried near the place
    of this view. This is Gurnet Point with the
    lighthouse on a peninsula that comes out
    from Duxbury Village

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    Mayflower II

    by SteveOSF Written Sep 1, 2007

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    The Mayflower II is a full scale replica of the original Mayflower. Extensive research resulted in this ship. It is as close to the original as available knowledge permits.

    Tours are available. It is interesting just to see the ship docked. One of the most amazing aspects of the ship is its size. It is astounding that the original 102 Pilgrims and the ships crew made the Atlantic voyage in this small vessel.

    Mayflower II State of the Art 1620 Transportation
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    1749 Court House and Museum

    by SteveOSF Written Sep 1, 2007

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    Built in 1749, it originally served as the courthouse for Plymouth County. The structure is the oldest wooden courthouse in the United States. It also had lengthy service as civil offices after its courthouse days ended.

    In this building, John Adams defended the British soldiers charged with murder for their participation in the Boston Massacre. (The venue was changed since it was feared a fair trail might not be possible in Boston.) Mr. Adams was able to obtain an acquittal for the murder charges. Accepting this case brought Mr. Adams grief among his friends, but he held to his principal that the soldiers should receive representation. Walk through the building where a man, who was to become the Second President of the United States, had once walked, worked, and contemplated being torn between his convictions and his patriotism.

    Admission is free. The first story is a museum, but the second story has a fully intact courtroom, so be sure to go up the stairs. The staff was friendly and informative.

    1749 Court House and Museum Site of the Boston Massacre Trail
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    Back to 1627 in Plimouth

    by grandmaR Updated May 18, 2007

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    Some years ago - not in the 17th century, but in the 1970s - I visited Plimouth Plantation with my two oldest children. [Calling something in Massachusetts a "Plantation" seems like a bit of an anachronism.] It doesn't look significantly different now from the way it was in the 1970s - at least going by the website. The pictures that I took were slides which have been digitized.

    What it is -- the reconstruction of the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established by the Pilgrims which was started in 1947 by Henry Hornblower II, a Boston stockbroker and amateur archaeologist. It was expanded to today's fortified village by the 1950s. In this section of the museum, interpreters have been trained to speak, act, and dress appropriately for the period. The village approximates the assumed layout of the original

    Plimoth Plantation is open March 24 through November 25, 7 days a week.
    * The Plimoth Plantation location is 3 miles south of downtown Plymouth

    Hours of Plimoth Plantation:
    * Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
    * Exhibit in the Visitor Center: Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth & Meaning is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    * Crafts Center is open from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm
    * 1627 English Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    * the Wampanoag Homesite is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    * Nye Barn is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Visiting the Wampanoag Homesite, the 1627 English Village, the Crafts Center, and the Nye Barn requires at least a mile of walking over uneven terrain

    Tickets to the Plimouth Plantation only:
    Adults $21.00
    Children (6-12) $12.00
    Seniors $19.00

    Combination tickets that include the Mayflower II are also available

    Houses and street Wood sawing device and reinactor Vegetable garden with two daughters (left & center From the village to the coast From the village to the pond
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    Plimoth Plantation: 1627 Pilgrim Village

    by gosiaPL Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Surely this village is a must in the historical Plymouth! It is an oustanding reproduction of the first settlers' village which was originally located in present-day Plymouth. As you enter the village, you will pass through the gathering building, be sure to climb the upper floor for an overview of the whole village, it's worth it! Just don't try to fire those cannons that sit there :-)
    In the village there are costumed guides all over the place "living" their 1627's lives: cooking meals, doing their gardens and housework, etc. It really feels like you are literally taken back in time to the 1600's. Be sure to talk to them and ask them questions, they will be behaving and responding with their 1627's identities, they've gone through special training to do this. Try asking them a question related to any time later than the 1600's and see if you can catch them forget their 1627's identity :-)

    Overview of the Pilgrim Village Cannons on the upper floor Costumed guide, sewing and talking to us Little wooden cabins Daily chores never ended!
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    by gosiaPL Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    My trip into the United States' earliest history was not complete, I missed the Pilgrim Hall. It is America's oldest public museum that started in 1824. It houses a collection of the pilgrims' posessions: clothes, chests, chairs, swords, etc. It must be a great lesson on everyday live in the 1600's, if you visit it after seeing the Pilgrims Village.
    I'll make sure I visit it if I ever go to Plymouth again!

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