29 Oct 2015

A Living Museum of a 17th Century English Colony in America

The political situation in England in the early 17th century forced a group of religious separatists to flee the country. This group of people came to North America on a ship called Mayflower. They are known as the Pilgrim Fathers. In 1620 The pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony which today is the modern town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was the second successful English colony after Jamestown, Virginia.
In 1623, Emmanuel Altham – a visitor to Plymouth –  wrote this about the town:

It is well situated upon a high hill close unto the seaside… In this plantation is about twenty houses, four or five of which are very fair and pleasant, and the rest (as time will serve) shall be made better. And this town is in such manner that it makes a great street between the houses, and at the upper end of the town there is a strong fort, both by nature and art, with six pieces of reasonable good artillery mounted thereon… This town is paled about with pale of eight foot long, or thereabouts, and in the pale are three great gates…. And lastly, the town is furnished with a company of honest men….

To make your experience even more interesting, there is a full-scale replica of the legendary Mayflower. The ship that brought the early colonist to Plymouth. Every detail of the ship is carefully re-created giving you a full picture of a 17th-century vessel. It is docked near the Plymouth Rock, the place where the original Mayflower supposedly brought the Pilgrims.

The people that you’ll meet here are costumed role players portraying the actual residents of Plymouth Colony. They have adopted the names, viewpoints and life histories of the people who used to live and work in the Colony.


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