Photo by Ruddy Gold/agefotostock
Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation
If you attended grammar school in southern New England, chances are you went on a field trip to Plymouth to see the replica of the Mayflower and the living-history museum built to re-create the world of the Plimoth Plantation, established by the Pilgrims in 1624. The ship is shockingly small for something that carried 130 souls across the Atlantic, and the modest 12 homes of the English town (alongside an imagined representation of a Wampanoag village) are just a hint of what the real Plimoth settlement looked like. Costumed interpreters, who heroically stay in character even when badgered by unruly students, add a layer of authenticity as they farm, cook, raise livestock, and tell the stories of true-life residents of the town.
By Bob Curley, AFAR Local Expert
137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm