Plimouth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation (in Plymouth, Massachusetts) is a great destination for anyone interested in the history of colonial New England.  It was incorporated in 1947 as “a memorial to the Pilgrim Fathers” and for the “historical education of the public with respect to the struggles of the early settlers, the expansion of the settlement and the influence of the Pilgrim Fathers throughout the world.”  Over the decades, the organization’s mission has expanded to include the stories of all those who lived in Colonial Plymouth, or Patuxet, as it was called by Native People.  The programs of this “living history” museum are organized around the 17th century English village, depicting life in “Plimouth” colony in about 1627, the Mayflower II (a full-scale seaworthy reproduction of the original Mayflower, which was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957) and a Wampanoag Homesite, dipicting how the 17th-century Wampanoag (Native American or “Indian”) people would have lived along the coast of Massachusetts during the growing season: planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food and reeds for making mats and baskets.  Below are some photos taken by Stephen Anderson (except as noted) and published here with permission.  For more about the Mayflower voyage of 1620 and its historical context and significance, click here.

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