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    Check out Cranberry World!

    by Phildagr8 Updated Dec 6, 2005

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    I'm getting thirsty just thinking of this place! Are you thirsty for cranberry juice?! Then you've come to the right place. There is a unique exhibit here that traces the cranberry from colonial times to the present. There are several features here, including a few outdoor demonstration bogs, some antique and modern harvesting tools, a scale cranberry farm, and some demonstrations on how to cook cranberries. You'll be amazed to learn the differences between a good cranberry and a bad cranberry. Is it the color, the bounce, or both? Hmm.. How do you tell the difference? Tune in next time... or just go there and tell me when you've learned the answer!

    It's been free admission with free cranberry refreshments, but you should always call ahead to verify this is still the case. There's a boardwalk there and there have been free concerts there, too!

    They are open daily from May 1 to Nov. 30 from 9:30 to 5pm, including weekends. Always call ahead to ensure they are open, when the best times are to visit to avoid the crowds, and any entrance or parking fees. Last I knew, there were no charges for admission or parking! If it's for free, it's for me!! ;o)

    They are located on the waterfront, about a 10 minute walk north from Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower.

    This place seems to be owned by Ocean Spray, which has made a significant positive impact to the area.

    come to Cranberry World...see the exhibit and peop Here's the simple map, basic roads, etc. The major roads to the red star (top right)
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    Coming over on the Mayflower

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    One of the things we did when we lived in Lexington for the summer of 1970 was to visit Plymouth. I remembered visiting Plymouth Rock under its little canopy when I was a kid, so we did that.

    But we also went to Plimouth Plantation and walked down the path to the recreated 1627 village and talked to the reinactors and went aboard the Mayflower II. This picture is of the kids - my oldest daughter in the yellow dress, and my second daughter in the front. I also took the daughter of a lady who taught swimming with me at Hanscom AF base who was about the same age as my kids. She's in the back on the right.

    I didn't know until I looked it up that the Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower II are at two separate sites. The Mayflower II is at the waterfront. The URL given has a sketch with the specifications and information on the parts of the ship
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    2005 admission prices
    Mayflower II: 1 day pass (good for any one day within one year of purchase)
    * Ship
    * Dockside Exhibit

    Adults $24.00
    Children (6-12) $14.00
    Senior Citizens (62 and over with ID) $21.00
    *Plimoth Pass $90.00

    *The Plimoth Pass = 2 adults and up to 4 children (6 - 17). Plimoth Passes are NOT available for online purchase and must be purchased at the museum's Admissions Desk.

    My girls and friend on Mayflower II
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    Plimoth Plantation

    by smschley Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Plimoth Plantation is a replica of the original Plymouth Colonial settlement, circa 1627. The plantation is as accurate as research can make it. The planners combined accounts of the original colony with archaeological research, old records, and the history written by the Pilgrims' leader, William Bradford (who often used the spelling "Plimoth"). At the main entrance are two modern buildings that house an interesting orientation show, exhibits, a gift shop, a bookstore, and a cafeteria. Above the entrance of the Plimoth Plantation is the caution: you are now entering 1627.

    Enter by the hilltop fort and walk down the hill to the farm area, visiting homes and gardens constructed with careful attention to historic detail. You can stroll downtown on Leyden Street and get to know many of the families who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to farm in the New World. They're actors who, in speech, dress, and manner, assume the personalities of members of the original community. The Fullers, Howlands, Aldens and Standishes will greet you in period costumes and invite you to share their history -- and their lives. You can watch them framing a house, splitting wood, shearing sheep, preserving foodstuffs, or cooking a pot of fish stew over an open hearth, all as it was done in the 1600s, and using only the tools and cookware available then. Feel free to engage them in conversation about their life, but expect only curious looks if you ask about anything that happened later than 1627. Visit the fort/meetinghouse that was used as a church and a courthouse; then, see rows of thatched houses complete with accurate reproductions of the furniture, cooking implements and tools used by the Pilgrims

    Local tribes included the Wampanoags, who are represented near the village at Hobbamock's Home site where staff show off native foodstuffs, agricultural practices, and crafts. At the Nye Barn you can see descendants of 17th-century goats, cows, pigs, and chickens, bred to resemble animals raised in the original plantation. .

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    Mayflower II

    by smschley Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Berthed a few steps from Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II is a full-scale reproduction of the type of ship that brought the Pilgrims from England to America in 1620. The 106 1/2-foot vessel was constructed in England from 1955 to 1957 using designs, tools and methods similar to those used around the time of the original Mayflower's sailing. Great care was taken to use historically accurate materials such as English oak timbers, linen canvas sails, and true hemp rope. On June 13 1957, the Mayflower II arrived at Plymouth after a 55 day voyage. Since 1958, Plimoth Plantation has exhibited Mayflower II to tell the story of the famous 1620 voyage and the terrible "first winter" in which half of the original Mayflower's passengers and crew died from exposure and malnutrition.

    Once you step aboard, you're hit with the thought about how small the ship is. The quarters shared by the 102 passengers, who spent 66 days here sailing toward freedom and the unknown, are cramped and dark and you have to admire the determination of these people crowded into the 'tween decks area. There was little privacy other than blankets hung as curtains between the piles of their worldly belongings separating one family from the next. Their personal possessions, except for the minimum needed for daily existence, were stowed below in the hold with the ship's stores until they were brought ashore at Plymouth.

    The Ship is manned with actors portraying 17th century seamen readying the ship for the return voyage to England, who will answer any questions as they go through their chores.

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    The local authority

    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    These costumed guides never come out of character...or speak of times beyond the year they are portraying. This particular man spoke to Gosia and I for quite sometime and was quite knowledgeable. Gosia noted his knowledge of European history and many fascinating details of that time.

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    A visit to the Mayflower

    by heywinks Written Oct 20, 2004

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    No Plymouth trip is complete if you don't go and visit the Mayflower. This ship is just a replica of the 1620 ship that sailed from England but it does give an idea of the conditions of the people on board.
    Be sure to ask alot of questions to the crew onboard of the shipboard experience.

    Crew Member on the Mayflower II
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    Colonial Lantern Tours

    by riotgirlpeeps Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Not the typical tour of a historical site, colonial lantern tours are done after dark and are a walking tour of the city of Plymouth. There is an extremely large amount of history that you wouldn't learn if you were to take traditional tours.

    One of the best touches is that all people on the tour get to have a lantern for the duration of the tour. The history behind the patterns on the lantern is explained.

    This is a seasonal activity but goes until November 27 of each year.

    There are two tours each night, the regular and the ghost tour.

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    Children experience a different time

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Do you suppose the kids who come here have ever chased a chicken down a dirt lane? I doubt it. This is a wonderful way to teach kids about history. Especially if they are studying the era in school at the time. I highly recommend bringing the kids. There are video/audio exhibits in the main building, there is a craft center where you can watch and question the people working there...as well as the actual village area. Many opportunities to really dig in and get the feel of the times in Plymouth.

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    The costume of the day

    by Pawtuxet Written Aug 17, 2004

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    This costumed guide had to be suffering with the heat that day. She told of her work day which consisted of gardening and cooking. Sometimes she had to work on sewing or making small items for the household. She was on her way back to the garden with all these layers of clothes on, which she said was her SUMMER clothes. She was an excellent guide....knowledgeable and quite engaging.

    Lady of the house
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    Brother & Sister in the New World

    by Pawtuxet Written Aug 17, 2004

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    The costumed guides at Plimoth Plantation are very good. They never vary from their character or time period. This brother and sister told of their lives in the colony...and what they missed most about home. It was such a hard life for them. The brother was finding it more bitter than the sister. The days were spent worrying about survival...with no time for play or rest. They enjoy their lunch before returning to the work of the day.

    Lunch at home
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    Plymouth Waterfront

    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 12, 2003

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    The waterfront has a sidewalk and stone wall right up to the street...so that it is easy to take a leisurely walk and look at the ocean. There are many pleasure boats, fishing boats, and tour boats available for summer fun....or the amateur photographer. You can go to the top of a little hill to see the Wax Museum, a couple of monuments and an awesome view of the harbour. Lots of B&B's and apartments for summer vacations...as well as an interesting little business district that has lots of good shops, antiques, coffee cafes, and restaurants....pubs.

    Plymouth waterfront
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  • Mayflower II

    by Tryla Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    A replica of the Mayflower is open to the public as part of the Plimoth Plantation experience. Costumed interpreters on board give you a feeling of the Pilgrims' journey to the new world.
    You will encounter costumed role players, modern-day staff and maritime artisans, all eager to talk with you. On the seaward side of the ship, there are reproductions of the two boats that came to America with the original Mayflower. The smaller vessel is a ship's boat and the larger is a shallop (coastal working vessel). In 1621, the ship's boat returned with Mayflower to England while the shallop remained as the colonist's first sailing craft.

    Next to Mayflower II, a dockside exhibit traces the history and origins of the ship's passengers, and describes the navigation techniques the crew used to find their way at sea. As you leave the ship, a collection of vintage photographs documents the construction of Mayflower II in England and her 1957 Atlantic crossing.

    The most important thing to know is that the role players you meet stay "in character" and that for them, the year is 1621. Just say "hello" and enjoy your conversations with Mayflower role players, keeping in mind that they will not recognize any events after 1621.

    HELPFUL HINTS:

    Ask lots of questions!

    Listen to other visitors' conversations (it's OK to eavesdrop here.)

    Don't be shy about asking the role players to repeat something or to explain a word or idea.

    Mayflower II
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  • Whale Watching

    by Tryla Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    Plymouth Harbor is home port to many popular excursions including whale watches.

    Captain John's Boats offer a 4 hour whale wathing adventure. As they depart historic Plymouth Harbor, your naturalist, a professional marine biologist, provides an informative description of the whales you are likely to see off of Cape Cod, as well as commentary on the day's whale watching activities, and is available to answer any questions you may have about whales. This program has proven to be of such outstanding educational value that it now serves as part of the science curriculum in many Massachusett's and New England schools.
    Enjoy the cruise across Cape Cod Bay on one of two open decks or lounge in the climate controlled main cabin. Your comfort is assured and complete galley service, offering your favorite food and beverages, is available.

    Whale Watching
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  • Plimoth Plantation

    by Tryla Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of life in Plymouth the way it was in 1627, is a popular, national attraction. Here, visitors can interact with the inhabitants who have assumed the identity of early Plymouth Pilgrims.

    Plimoth Plantation
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    Mayflower II

    by Pawtuxet Updated May 12, 2003

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    The Mayflower II is a reproduction of the 1620 English vessel which carried the "Pilgrims" to America. There is a visitors' center where you find information and tickets. Plymouth rock is a short walk away...and across the street is a wax museum. Highly recommend that you take young children to this area...as well as the Plymouth Plantation just outside of town.

    Marianne & Azzie

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