Travel to Plymouth and visit Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 17th century Pilgrim life. You will have time to wander the Plantation and absorb the history preserved here. Your tour includes a visit to Plymouth Rock, traditionally regarded as the stepping stone used by the Mayflower passengers when they disembarked at Plymouth.
17th Century Village
The 17th-Century English Village is a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. The English Village brings colonial Plymouth vividly to life. Here, you will find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens, and heritage breeds livestock. Engaging townspeople are eager to tell you about their new lives in Plymouth Colony.
The first outdoor living history exhibit you will encounter on your visit is the Wampanoag Homesite, located on the banks of the Eel River. Here you'll discover how the 17th-century Wampanoag would have lived along the coast during the growing season; planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. You'll see different kinds of homes including a mat-covered wetu, the Wampanoag word for house, and a bark-covered long house or nush wetu, meaning a house with three fire pits inside. Food is cooked over an open fire using only the ingredients that were available in the 1600s.
The Plimoth Grist Mill
Nestled alongside bucolic Town Brook, the Plimoth Grist Mill tells the story of the grist (corn grinding) mill built by the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony. Explore the mill and learn about the importance of mills in the 1600s, the process of grinding corn, and the ecology of the Town Brook area, including the annual herring run.
Please note that the Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, is currently receiving a full restoration at Mystic Seaport and will not be open for visits until 2019.