American Locations 11 – Plymouth, Massachusetts

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

To the south of Boston is Plymouth. We’ve made 2 trips there, the first to see the town, the second to see Plymouth Plantation. On our first trip we parked at Plymouth Harbor.

From there we could walk around to see everything. We started by wandering around the harbor.

As you can see in the background, there is a narrow breakwater extending far out into the harbor, including a footbridge for small boats to pass under. Of course, we had to walk it

There are opportunities for boat rides, either for fishing or whale watching, but we did neither.

Before leaving the harbor, we found a good place for lunch.

After lunch, we walked along the waterfront to Pilgrim Memorial State Park. We walked around the Mayflower II, a to-scale replica of the original Mayflower, but didn’t board.

We then walked to see Plymouth Rock.

It is still there, supposedly the original rock, unmoved from its original location, the Pilgrims first set foot on disembarking from the Mayflower in 1620.

From there we walked to Brewster Gardens, the site of the first settlement at Plymouth. Along the way we passed some old houses.

And churches.

This creek was one of the reasons the Pilgrims built their first homes at this place. It provided easy access to fresh water.

The park at the site of the original settlement is small but nice.

There are statues and memorials.

After, we walked back to our car parked at the harbor and drove north a short ways along the ocean front. We stopped just beyond the breakwater.

And a little further north to get out and walk on the beach.

On or second trip we toured Plymouth Plantation, a recreation of the original settlement. We started with the museum.

There was an interesting garment.

Next was a recreation of the kind of Native American settlement of the era. The exterior of one building.

And the interior.

A smaller structure.

And some Native American artifacts.

There were a few historical interpreters.

Then it was on to the recreated Pilgrim settlement.

A good collection of buildings.

Some interiors.

Ovens.

Vegetable gardens.

What the open countryside would have looked like back then. Except for the buildings peeking through in the background.

Next Location – Cape Cod

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