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November 28, 2010
From journal Ideagirl Does Massachusetts
February 9, 2006
As a life long, born 'n' bred New Englander, I often like to visit places of historical value in my little quadrant of the country. Places like Salem, Boston, and Plymouth have always been great favorites, despite my avid hatred towards a certain pro baseball team (after all, living in CT is like the sports demilitarized zone). Okay, that may have been out of line (a little). My family decided that renting a cottage in Cape Cod, and commuting across to Plymouth for Thanksgiving was very appropriate for all the obvious reasons. It was special though, since it was the first since the loss of my mother, and she valued family gettogethers for the big holidays. But, enjoying our normal Thanksgiving meal and then visiting the place where it all began, posed special meaning for a person like me, who cherishes deeply the historical significance, especially that of my country and my home area.
Our day in Plymouth was glorious, sunny, and cold. The town of Plymouth is quaint and small with all the charm of Mystic, and pretty much all amazing New England seaport towns. There you can see what is believed to be Plymouth Rock, segregated by a most beautiful monument, and nestled across the small town green from the re-creation of the Mayflower. I highly recommend a coastal drive of Massachusetts or Maine, especially those from the West Coast who have never visited New England. Being a native New Englander who has seen both sides of the country, nothing compares!
From journal Thanksgiving in Plymouth
September 27, 2005
First off, Plymouth was NOT the first place the pilgrims set foot in the New World. They actually first landed on Cape Cod near Provincetown. They did not like it much there and moved across the bay after several weeks. There is no account that anyone ever set foot on Plymouth Rock. In all the writings of the time a large rock is never once mentioned. It wasn't until over 100 years later that folks started the myth of a big rock in the harbor being the first place the Pilgrims stepped. As a matter of fact Plymouth wasn't even the first settlement, Jamestown in Virginia was already up and running when the pilgrims landed. So much for believing your grade school teachers!
America was young and needed symbols. So, in 1774, they tried to move the rock up into town and make a shrine of it. However, when they tried to move the rock, it broke in two! So if you look closely at the rock today, it's actually two pieces held together with mortar.
In 1859, they carved the date 1620 into the rock and built a permenant home for it by the harbor. The building looks somewhat like a small Greek temple and houses the rock.I have been to Plymouth Rock three times, and each and every time, someone will walk up, look down, and say in a loud voice, "That's it?" I have to agree--it's a bit underwhelming to see it. I feel sorry for the ranger who stands guard by the rock, who must hear this over and over, day after day.
To see Plymouth Rock it's located downtown, near the harbor. You can't miss the small temple. It's free and is always open to view. It may be a bit underwhelming, it may be a bit of a myth, but it is one of the great American symbols and is worth the stop, even if it's just to ask, "Is that it?"
From journal Plymouth Rocks
Yonkers, New York
April 27, 2003
It is very misplaced. You need to lean over the guard rail to see it and it's not an easy photograph to have a rememberance with your picture next to it.
Steps to the bottom would work wonders with a tour guide or better placed signs.
It's in the park right next to the Mayflower II.
From journal The Cape Cod Spring Break
Sterling Heights, Michigan
June 19, 2002
We then went to the Plymouth Plantation. This was the most fun, because when we went in the village, it was like going back in time. There were "Role-players" telling about the life and work of the people living in Plymouth. They were not just telling, but living that life. It was fascinating talking to them. A Must See Place!!
From journal Cape Cod and Rhododendrons
March 5, 2001
From journal Cranberry Bogs & The "Rock"
South Florida, Florida
November 12, 2000
From journal A Day in Plymouth
, New Mexico
September 5, 2000
From journal Hunting Up the Past