Plymouth, MA - Great Historic Trip

Plymouth, MA Tour

IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHERE SOME OF THE FIST PILGRIMS ARRIVED IN AMERICA, THEN PLYMOUTH, MA is the perfect place to visit. BESIDES THE MAYFLOWER II, there are numerous historical places to visit. The employees of the Mayflower are in full pilgrim dress, and they talk as if it really is 1620. It is a delight to talk to them and learn of the many things you have only read about in the past.

Mayflower II


Plymouth MA Tour

We spent a day touring the town of Plymouth and it was fascinating, but not nearly enough time. We were there in October, yet the temperature was 70, the Atlantic and the sky were a gorgeous blue as you can see from my picture of the Mayflower. It was a perfect day.

Plymouth is the largest municipality in MA by area with a population of almost 60,000. It is located about 40 miles from Boston and has survived with the major industries of rope making, fishing and shipping. There are numerous historical sites to visit and if you are a history buff, it is perfect.

The Mayflower II was the most fascinating place to me. I can't imagine how the Pilgrim colonist all managed to sleep, eat and stay healthy at all in such small quarters. The first winter was very cold and they lived on lobster and little else. Half of the colonists died that first, hard winter. They didn't have proper housing or food.

Sleeping Quarters

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Plimouth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a hands-on, entertaining living history experience dedicated to the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrim colonists of 17th century New Plymouth Colony. . It is situated along the the Eel River wetlands which overlooks Cape Cod Bay. You will find Wampanoag Homesite, the 17th Century English Village, and the Crafts Center, plus the Mayflower is just 3 miles down the road.

Alden House Museum


Other Historical Sites

Alden House Museum - This is the only standing structure left where pilgrims were know to have lived. John Alden and Priscilla Mulling arrived in 1620, married in 1627, and moved to this house. This property has never been out of the Aldin family.

Boston Burial Hill


Burial Hill

This cemetery is a must if you are walking along the Pilgrim's Path as it is the first fort, as well as, the burial place of William Bradford and other original pilgrims, which includes some of my ancestors, like John Howland and family.

My Mother at Burial Hill


Jenny Grist Mill


Jabez Holland House


Parting Ways


National Monument to Forefathers


More Sites to See

1749 Courthouse and Museum: This courthouse is filled with many historical items from the history of Plymouth. This building has been used for many different offices as they built a new courthouse in 1820. It does house a fire engine from 1828.

First Parish Church in Plymouth: This is the oldest ministry in New England and they are open for tours during the good weather months.

1677 Harlow Old Fort House: This is a working museum and heritage craft center which represents life in the old Colonial Plymouth.

Hedge House Museum: This is a Federal style home built in 1809 by a merchant shipowner and is now the headquarters of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

Parting Ways: Four young back men are buried in Plymouth who served in the American Revolution. Cato Howe was a freeman and had probably never been enslaved.

Jabez Howland House: This is the only house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually lived. John Howland and his wife Elizabeth Tilley Howland lived here with their son for a period of time in the winters as they had a farm out in the country. This is a fascinating house to tour as it is filled with original antiques. They had a special room on the second floor to isolate someone who was sick with a window to place food through to the sick individual. They also had a cradle with a long rope which was near the fireplace so the baby would be warm while the parents lied in bed covered by curtains and pulled the rope as necessary.

Plymouth Rock: It is located at the waterfront in downtown Plymouth. In 1774, they had a contentious issue in town about moving the rock with the impending Revolutionary War was afoot. In their attempt to mount it on a carriage it split without anyone being injured. Since no one had observed a flaw in the rock the patriots of the day were a little superstitious and decided the separation of the rock happened as an ominous division with the British Empire.

Jenney Grist Mill: There is a huge grinding stone and they explain how the corn, which the Indians taught them to grow, was ground with stone turning by the power of water. This was one of the reasons the residents of Plymouth survived.

Richard Sparrow House Pottery and a Museum: They make beautiful stoneware and porcelain pottery on the site today, They have a nice selection of jewelry as well.

The Trask Museum: The 1725 Captain Taylor House and the 1829 Trask Museum which have been featured in book and films are two homes that are considered to be the most actively haunted in New England.

National Monument to the Forefathers: This is the largest granite monument in the U. S.standing on top a hill facing east to the harbor to welcome those who come by water.


There is a Visitor Information Center on Water Street across from Plymouth Harbor which should be your first stop as the staff if friendly and will help you find anything you are looking for in town. They have brochures and maps available. There is also an art museum, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and several other types of galleries in case you run out of history.

Obviously from all the places I named and several I didn't, you can see that there is plenty to do in Plymouth, Mass. It is a very interesting place to take a short vacation and enjoy all the sites and friendly people. There are numerous little souvenir shops and a look of nice little restaurants to grab a meal. There are several nice hotels in the area as well, including the Plymouth Inn and the Lexington Hotel.

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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

We made it to New York in 2004, but have not yet made it to the New England area. The tour you describe sounds great. I hope we get up there sometime soon. Voted up.

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

That's one of the places I definitely would like to visit, Pamela.

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Oh I want to go there one day. Your hub really helped me to feel like I was there though.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


Great hub with beautiful photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bradford missed out on Priscilla Mulling by letting John Alden speak for him. Faint heart never won fair maiden!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ecoggins, This would be a nice family trip for your family. Thanks for your comments.

Diamond, I hope you will get to make that trip. Thanks for your comment.

Wendy, I hope you do get to go there. Thanks for your comment.

Tom, You know your history! Thanks for your comment.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, Pamela, thank for your such wonderful tour. A great hub showing me all around. I loved it.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

Sounds like a great trip. I didn't realize there was so much to do and see in Plymouth.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Isn't it amazing that the Pilgrims still drive a flourishing tourist trade all these years later. For all the hardships they endured, they could never envision being famed in history or eternity for that matter. Sites such as Plymouth are so important to our heritage as a country. These are places all Americans should be exposed to in some way in order to create or reaffirm our appreciation for the dedication that our forefathers had in coming to this land. Thanks for sharing a very intersting article! WB

johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great hub Pamela. Brought back great memories.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Betty, I'm sure your would enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

Wayne, That's true. It would be good if everyone could see what our forefathers suffered to build this great country. Thanks for your comments.

Johnnynaakea, Thanks so much for your comment.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Pamela, great hub voted up! A fine introduction to an area to visit as I go east to visit on my last journey this fall or spring, driving at any rate, 50

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

50 Caliber, I think you will love the history of the area. It lets us see the struggle our forefathers made when they came to America. I hop you have a wonderful trip when you do go. I appreciate your comments as usual.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks Pamela, I feel like a just had a weekend get away and I am quite refreshed!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Beautifully done and would love to visit and go on that historical tour!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

BPOP, I'm glad you got a mini vaction. Thanks for the comment.

Audry, Thanks for the comments.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'm one of the Harlow 'cousins' and used to enjoy visits to the house, where the volunteers seemed to know about all of the ancestors. It's all gotten much more commercial now, the whole town. That said, it's still well worth the trip, as you know. I like to park near the rock and walk up the hill to burial hill, looking at the many old houses along the street. I always tell people it's a real walk-around town, until you want to go out to Plymouth Plantation.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sheila, I walked a lot too and my mother sat and talked to visitors. I walked up to the cemetery and all through it looking for those familiar names. Many people who I talked with had lived there a long time and really seemed to know their history.

I'm sure it's more commercial now but worth the trip as there is much to learn and see if you take your time. Thanks so much for your comments as it sounds like you have been there several times.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This is great! New England is the only part of the country to which I've never been. I am determined to make it there before long. I appreciate this travel guide. Plymouth will be high on my list.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

James, I think you will enjoy it. The only think I didn't enjoy on that whole trip through MA and some other area were the drivers in Boston. They sure want you out of their way in a hurry! Plymouth and western MA were wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Pamela this is another wonderful piece of information. It would be wonderful to take the time and visit such a historic place with these recommendations.

thanks for sharing.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

IcTodd, Thank you so much for your comments. Perhaps you will be able to take a trip there in the future.

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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

I've always wanted to visit Plymouth! What an enjoyable hub- I love the photos, and know exactly where to go should I ever have the opportunity to enjoy the place in person!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Simone, I hope you have the opportunity to visit there someday. Thanks for your comment.

Ric from The Tea Shop 6 years ago

I want you all to know how very much we respect those who visit our Town. I have met thousands of people from all over the world here on North Street in the historic district of Plymouth Ma. Thank's to all of you who have made living here a wonderful experience. I look forward to meeting many of you who travel to Americas Home Town.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ric, Thank you for expressing your appreciate of our visits. I'm sure many of us will make the trip again to your interesting city.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I would love to visit Plymouth, MA someday and you have certainly given many reasons why a visit would be enjoyable. Very useful hub and rating it so!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, Thank you so much for your comment. You would probably enjoy it as much as I did. We were lucky to have such a pretty sunny day in October when we went were thee.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Silly girl. How in the world did you expect to see very much of Plymouth in one day? lol! A friend is a member of the Mayflower Society - what a lot of work that was! - but my people didn't arrive (at Marblehead) until 1635. The joke between us being that my ancestors had the good sense to remain in England until the shores of Mass Bay were a bit more "civilzed". lol!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

JamaGenne, That trip was so packed with activities that you are right one day was not enough but it was still a awesome to get on the Mayflower and hear the stories of the characters. We hit every site we could that wonderful day. I like your joke! Thanks for your comments.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Well, I now know not to try to cram so much into a one-day visit to the Plymouth area. To see everything you list in your guide here, it'll take at least a week!

Like you, I can't imagine how the Pilgrims survived at all between the cold and the cramped quarters of the Mayflower. But then, their target was farther south, on the shores of Virginia. Imagine how different the Thanksgiving story might've been if they hadn't been blown off course! We'd feast on crab instead of turkey. ;D

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

JamaGenee, There lives would have been totally different also due to the cold right off the ocean as half died the first year. I have read a lot about them also as I find it fascinating that they survived at all. Thanks for the comment.

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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Thanks for sharing. We live very nearby so we'll have to add this to our list of daytrips. Thanks!

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

LsuraGT, I think your will really enjoy this trip as we did. Thanks for your comments.

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