August 18, 2017

The First Thanksgiving: A Trip to Plymouth

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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away. While many families will be criss-crossing the country to be with family, there’s one spot that’s not-to-be-missed if you can make it: Plymouth, Massachusetts. That’s right, home to the Pilgrims that brought us Thanksgiving.

In fact, this weekend (Nov. 18-20), Plymouth will host a three-day national event to celebrate the history of Thanksgiving. You’ll find parades, concerts, waterfront activities and a food festival. If you can’t make it this weekend, stop by another time with your kids in tow. Just 45 minutes south of Boston, a weekend in Plymouth is a learning experience you won’t soon forget. Take a look at what’s in store for you:

  • Jenney Grist Mill: See an actual working mill that the Pilgrims used 400 years ago. You and your kids can enjoy a fascinating 90-minute tour given by the mill owner dressed in Pilgrim costume. From what I hear, the ice cream at shop at the end of the tour offers tasty treats as well.
  • Mayflower II: Take in this full-scaled reproduction of the original Mayflower, which brought the Pilgrims to America. You and your kids will love meeting the costumed players who can share the details of their ten-week transatlantic journey and the reasons why they left England in 1620.
  • National Monument to the Forefathers: This 81-foot granite monument honors the Pilgrims and their ideals. The monument features several allegorical features depicting virtues the Pilgrims brought with them to America, including Faith, Morality and Liberty.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum: Stop in to check out an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions, including William Bradford’s Bible and Myles Standish’s sword. Be sure to print out various educational materials before you go in order to further your child’s learning while on-site at Pilgrim Hall Museum.
  • Plimoth Plantation: Open late-March through the Sunday after Thanksgiving, there’s so much for kids to see and do here. Check out the 17th-Century English Village (complete with costumed townspeople to tell you about their new lives in the Plymouth Colony), the Wampanoag Homesite (featuring Native Americans dressed in historically accurate clothing) and the Mayflower II.
  • Plymouth Rock: Located in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, some may find Plymouth Rock a touch underwhelming (it is just a small rock). It pays, however, to study up on the history of the Pilgrims and Plymouth before making a visit. Your kids should enjoy this tribute to the courage of 102 Mayflower passengers who landed here and founded what we now know as New England.

Have you taken your kids to Plymouth? What did you and your kids think about the town and historical attractions? I’ve love to hear about your experiences.

Comments

  1. I love this. After taking a recent trip to New Zealand with a 2 kids under 2 (yikes!), I’m loving your blog even more. Happy Thanksgiving!

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