There are many ways to describe Plymouth– America’s Hometown, the place of the first Thanksgiving, the land of freedom for the Pilgrims, and the Mayflower destination point. There is a lot of debate on the legitimacy of all of these stories that have become a part of the lore surrounding Plymouth and the Pilgrims. There is one thing that everyone can agree on–The beauty of this seaside New England town. This year is special to Plymouth. It marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival.
As you walk along the water and admire the recreation of the Mayflower, imagine the arduous and cramped journey on turbulent seas. The Pilgrims believed the struggle was worth it rather than staying in their own country. The harsh winters in New England must have been unbearable and it was probably a while before they feasted on wild turkey, fish, eels, and shellfish.
Plymouth Rock is believed by many to be the point of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. There are stories that the rock broke in half during an attempt to move it to the Town Square in Plymouth. The two separated parts of the rock were eventually rejoined much later.
A short walk from the waterfront and Mayflower II, is the reproduction of the Grist Mill. After more than a decade of grinding corn by hand in wooden mortars, the colony allowed the construction of a water-powered corn grinding mill.
Of the 102 passengers, only forty-five survived the first winter in their new colony. Those that survived the brutal winter without falling to scurvy or pneumonia were able to build a new life. Burial Hill located in a beautiful spot holds many stories, many of which you have to imagine as you walk along the hill.