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July 23, 2005
This is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, before moving onto Plymouth. There is a monument located in the centre of town called the Pilgrim Monument, which was built to honour the pilgrims. The monument is the tallest granite structure within the US and is 252 feet high. If you have a head for heights, you can climb the monument for a few dollars. The steps inside the monument are quite easy to climb, as they consist of about six steps, then a flat platform area, six steps, platform, etc. They are also reasonably wide, so even if someone is coming down as you are going up, there is plenty of passing space.
At the top, there are magnificent views of Provincetown and the surrounding area. They say that on a clear day, you can see as far as Boston. Whilst we were there, we had very good views of the cape, but I don’t believe we could see Boston! There are a few lighthouses in Provincetown, which you can see from the top. If you don’t mind heights, it is definitely worth the climb.
Also on the monument site is a shop and a museum. The museum shows details of the pilgrims and gives details of local heroes through the history of the area. There are drink vending machines and restrooms too.
The rest of Provincetown is a typical tourist beach area. There are lots of shops, restaurants, etc. It is also a very popular place for gay and lesbian activities.
From journal New England in a Week!
by MCJ graduate
German Valley, Illinois
May 17, 2005
You can view this historical site from afar and take pictures or muster up enough ambition to climb to the top (116 steps and 60 small ramps). If you do survive the winding walk, you will see the best views of Provincetown and the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition, the history of this place is worth inhaling. Not only does the monument give recognition to the Pilgrims actual first landing but it also recognizes the signing in the harbor of the Mayflower Compact. And a copy of this can be seen at the Provincetown Historic Museum.
Whether you tour this historical site or view it from afar, it is one site that you will never forget. And one you should share and explain the importance of to your younger family members—your children. Therefore, I highly recommend to everyone vacationing in Provincetown to see this historical site.
From journal Provincetown, M.A. is a Magical Locale
January 23, 2005
Provincetown Museum has treasures and artifacts of the pirate ship "Whydah". Wydah is the only pirate ship ever found, so the relics that have been rescued are certainly a spectacular find. Each item has to be carefully restored and preserved--there are many exhibits that explain the processes that the pieces go through in order to stop the deterioration and restore some of the original characteristics--amazing!
Free two-hour parking with museum admission
From journal Escape to the Cape
November 21, 2003
At ground level, the museum has some interesting exhibits. Take a close look at the replica of the monument. I was also surprised by a photo of Roosevelt in Masonic finery.
From journal Provincetown and Cape Cod sightseeing
October 24, 2003
The monument was erected by the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association. The admission fees pay for the entire maintenance of it. The monument is the tallest all granite structure in the United States and is built wholly of granite from Maine. It was started in 1907 and was finished in 1910.
The tower is about 252 feet high. The top is 353 feet above sea level. Walk slowly up the stairs. There are 116 stairs and 60 ramps. All along the walls are the names of all the towns in Massachusetts and the year they were incorporated. It's fun going up the stairs and trying to find your town. The view at the top is incredible.
There are benches and flowers around the base of the monument as well as the museum. The museum features exhibits on the Pilgrims, maritime history, and the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown.
The cost of the museum is adults $7, children 4-12 $3, and under four free.
From journal The Beauty of Lower Cape Cod
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
October 8, 2002
The tower was built almost 100 years ago to commerate the first landfall touched by the Pilgrims in 1620 in the New World. It was here that the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact. When the Pilgrims discovered that there was no water readily available on this stretch of land, a peninsula jutting into the Cape Cod Bay, they again set sail for a site that could sustain them. That site was across the bay at Plymouth Rock, which gets the credit for that first landing.
After your climb to the top of the monument for an awesome view out to sea, visit the Provincetown Museum on ground level. Here are permanently displayed artifacts and exhibits from the Pilgrims, maritime history of the community, and the beginnings of modern American theater through plays by the hometown boy made good, Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players.
It is open 9 to 4:15 daily and closes for the winter season. Fees are $6 for adults and $3 for children to enter both the museum and monument. Parking is free.
An annual lighting of the tower monument occurs the week of Thanksgiving commemorating the 11/11/1620 landing of the pilgrims on this peninsula. Historically, this monument was begun in 1907 when President Theodore Roosevelt laid the corner stone and President William Taft dedicated it upon completion.
If you're traveling to Provincetown in October, weekends at the monument offer free Tea and History lectures as part of the towns Fall Arts Festival. There is even a paper model of the tower that can be purchased for the children to occupy their time in building the monument in "10 easy steps".
For more information you can call 508/487-1310 or send an email to webmaster @pilgrim-monument.org.
There are many steps to get to the top of the tower and might not be an activity for all in your group. Children will love the climb, though once you reach the top there's not much to do but see the sites below, while the older adults can peruse the museum's offerings.
From journal Cape Cod Capers
December 6, 2000
From journal Massachusetts: Provincetown