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Walk into the 1600's at Plimoth Plantation

The 1627 village is a wonderful center to experience the life of the early settlers...as well as the part played by the Native Americans. The facilities are excellent..from Orientation to Crafts Center, Nature Walk, homesites, and the more practical eating facilities, etc.
When you first go into the village, you enter the meeting house. You can go up to the 2nd floor for a bird's eye view of the entire village...and keep watch for invaders, indian attack, or pirates!!

Cranberry Harvest

One of only a few native North American fruits, the cranberry was an important staple long before the Pilgrims arrived. Native Americans, who referred to cranberries as sassamanash, made cakes prepared with lean dried strips of meat pounded into paste and mixed with animal fat, grains and cranberries. Reffered to as Pemmican, these cakes had an excellent keeping quality and were utilized during long journeys. Later cranberries soon became a vital source of Vitamin C for whalers and a valuable resource to New England residents.
Southeastern Massachusetts embraces its most famous indigenous fruit.
(info from the 2003 Mass. Cranberry Harvest Festival )

Mayflower II

We viewed the MayflowerII yet again. Always fun to look at the boat and imagine it laden with pilgrims for the new world. Not a whole lot of space or comforts, I'm afraid. Lovely looking ship, tho.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Total immersion into history and simple family life
  • Cons:Heavy crowds in summer ~
  • In a nutshell:Excellent capsule of time in US history - highly recommended for children
  • Last visit to Plymouth: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 30, 2004
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  • CEP1863's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I have really enjoyed looking at your reviews here - thanks

    • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
      Nov 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Thanks for "coming" to Plymouth. It's a great day trip for New Englanders or anyone spending time around Boston. Kids always enjoy it too.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    I do enjoy these reconstructed historic villages and am so sorry we passed so close by Plymouth without seeing it, Didn't know about cranberries, and those in character guides are amazing. I'm sure I'd spoil it by talking about computers or something.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 7:15 AM

    I wish we'd seen more of New England when we lived in the Northeast! Our grandkids would LOVE exploring Plymouth--thanks for the tips, Janet.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Yes, Cranberry. Read here about its nutritional virtues and more: nccam.nih.gov/health/cranber...

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2006 at 3:28 PM

    Yes, it brings back fond memories of my visit. You've done a wonderful job presenting this fascinating area. Some things never change, and, thankfully, this has changed little since I was there.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2006 at 8:58 PM

    Thank you for this ramble through early American history, Janet. It must be fascinating talking to the guides as they act out their 'period' roles.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 5:48 AM

    What a lovely day out! The Plimoth Plantation sounds very interesting and so does a visit on 'Mayflower', especially with the actor-guides telling their stories and answering questions. Wish I could see it all.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2004 at 6:04 PM

    Somehow I missed the Plantation years ago while in New England. Would like to see this. Trains are always a Christmas tradition here and in WA state as far as I know. I thought everyone had a train under the tree as a child.

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    Nov 23, 2004 at 4:47 PM

    ,,,somethimes having no microwave,tv,or any other modern device seems okey!,,, even nowadays don´t yu think? ,,and the mayflower, gee just wich i could go visit it! the real history in the palm of yur hand! ,,,just amazing!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 4:47 AM

    Perfect pre-Thanksgiving reading. I was just munching on some dried cranberries when I came upon your page.

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