ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Plymouth, Massachusetts - Great Historic Trip

Updated on December 4, 2021
Pamela99 profile image

I love beautiful scenery and the changes of the season offer us some scenes of beauty and I love to travel. Learn from travel experience.

Mayflower II


Plymouth, MA Tour

If you want to see where some of the first pilgrims arrived in America, then visit Plymouth, Massachusetts.

It is the perfect place to visit. Beside the Mayflower II, there are numerous historical places to visit. The employees of the Mayflower II 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.

Plymouth MA Tour

We spent a day touring the town of Plymouth, and it was fascinating, but we did 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

11 Lincoln Street Plymouth, MA 02360:
11 Lincoln St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

get directions

Mishoon Race-Eel River

source outwardbound
source outwardbound

Plymouth Plantation

Plymouth 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 known 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.

Plymouth, Massachusetts | Vacation Travel Video Guide

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.

Touring Plimoth Plantation - Bob Vila

In Conclusion

There is a Visitor Information Center on Water Street across from Plymouth Harbor which should be your first stop as the staff is 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, Massachusetts. 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)