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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation

History of Plimoth Plantation

The history of Plimouth Plantation goes back to A.D. 1620. It was the first permanent European settlement in southern New England and is now the oldest continually inhabited English settlement. Today, Plimoth Plantation is a living history attraction dedicated to the recreation of life on the plantation as it was in the 17th century. The 1627 English Village recreates every aspect of that time period including houses and street plots, tools and furniture. Everything is designed to be an accurate representation of the colonial lifestyle.

On the plantation, you will find people in historic costumes “living” as the first inhabitants lived. The pilgrims, dressed in 17th century clothing, carry out daily tasks that include cultivating the land, caring for wild and domesticated plants and animals, crafting, and social activities. These “historical interpreters” have special training in order to portray the actual people and events of the particular time period. They readily interact with the “strange visitors” that come to visit the plantation. These interpreters are an integral part of the museum as they answer questions and describe their lives and viewpoints on the important topics of that time. These actors are always found participating in the general activities of the village. Often you will be talking with someone as they are cooking, feeding the animals, planting, etc.

As well as the 1627 English Village, the museum includes a Native American Village called the Wampanoag Homesite. Here you can listen to the story of the Wampanoag Indian tribe. It is important to note that the Wampanoag Homesite has no actors as in the English Village. The staff is made up of Native Peoples dressed in traditional deerskin clothing. They describe the life of the traditions, lifestyle, and culture of their ancestors.

The non-profit educational museum opened in 1947 by Henry Hornblower II. The museum hosts over half million visitors a year and was inducted as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute in 2005. It is located an hour south of Boston and 20 minutes north of Cape Cod.

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