Looking to make learning history fun? Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum founded in 1947. It is located in Plymouth Massachusetts and show the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony that was built in the 17th century by English Colonists. Get ready to set sail for Plimoth Plantation.
The English Colonist later became known as Pilgrims. Pilgrims were the first people to immigrate to America in order to avoid religious persecution and to seek separation from the Church of England.
Plimoth Plantation offers personal encounters with history where you and your family can learn about the past seven days a week from late March through the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
Plimoth Plantation offers the following exhibits:
17th Century English Village – This English Village is a re-creation of the maritime community built by the Pilgrims along Plymouth Harbor. Walk and explore this village within Plimoth Plantation at your own self-guided pace.
You will feel as though you have stepped back in time as you listen to stories recreated by the role players dressed in authentic costumes. These role players portray an actual colonial resident, each with their own unique story to tell. There are also museum guides available throughout Plimoth Plantation that will teach you about the Pilgrims and 17th century living.
You will learn about the Pilgrim’s religious beliefs, education, child rearing practices, gardens, cooking, and the relationship they had with Native People. Feel free to engage and ask questions or just sit back and watch what life was like in this 17th-century colony.
Wampanoag Homesite – This outdoor living history exhibit within Plimoth Plantation lies on the banks of the Eel River. Have fun learning as you watch the Native People plant crops, fish, hunt, and gather wild herbs and berries for food. You can watch as they collect reeds and make mats and baskets.
These are not role-players in costume, but all are Native People. They are from the Wampanoag tribe or other Native Nations. You will see them in authentic historically accurate clothing that is mainly deerskin.
The housing is authentic for the period with mat-covered or bark-covered houses. The food is cooked over an open fire with only ingredients that were available during the 1600’s. Visitors to the Plimoth Plantation will enjoy watching men make a boat or mishoon. You will see them hollow out a tree using fire as a tool.
Mayflower II – Plimoth Plantation offers you a chance to board a full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. This is a chance to learn about the perils of maritime travel and the tools that were used for navigation during the 17th century. Hop on board to see where you may have stayed in the passenger’s quarters, the lower level “hold” where supplies were stored, and spend some time in the spacious Master’s Cabin.
The Nye Barn – As you continue your exploration of Plimoth Plantation, you will want to stop by and see the historic breeds of sheep, goats, swine and cows. These rare breeds represent the animals found in the Plymouth Colony during the 17th century.
You will be able to walk among Dorking Fowl and Eastern Wild Turkeys as you stroll through this amazing barn. Plimoth Plantation is part of a global initiative to help conserve the genetic diversity of these endangered breeds.
The Craft Center – Get a rare glimpse into the past and learn about the crafting techniques used in the 17th century. You can see what types of tools and materials were used in the 1600’s to create porcupine headdresses and hand-coiled clay pots. Native Artisans at Plimoth Plantation are working to revive and continue the ancient technologies that are in danger of being lost.
Plimoth Grist Mill – See how water provides power for the 14-foot diameter waterwheel, gears and runner stones. Learn the history of this corn-grinding water-powered mill built by the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony to make fresh cornmeal.
You and your family will love as history comes alive at Plimoth Plantation. There is a Visitor Center, which offers museum shops, and the Patuyet Café that serves food inspired by Wampanoag and English Colony traditions. View some of the finest independent films available at The Plimoth Plantation Cinema. Prepare your kids for the day with the parent’s guide.