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Hunting Up the Past

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A May 1995 trip to Plymouth by Peregrine

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock) Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: When my parents decided to go back to New England for my Dad's high school reunion, I tagged along to do a little ancestor hunting.

Hunting Up the Past

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I grew up around here and tracking down ancestors was just an excuse to come back and visit the tourist places I missed when I was a kid.

The highlight? Probably Plimouth Plantation. It was just a very pleasant day spent unhurriedly wandering through the past.

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Lobster Hut

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We found this little place by asking one of the shop owners where we could get great seafood, but we wanted a local place, not a tourist restaurant. She directed us to the Lobster Hut, which was practically across the street, just down from the Mayflower. Its a rambling sea-side "shack", right on the water. Inside, it was crowded, noisy and smelled like heaven. Like a fast food joint, you order at one window and pick up at another. We (all of us in line to order) were told in no uncertain terms that if we didn't know what we wanted, get out of line. We knew just what we wanted. I had fried clams that came in a pile at least six inches high; my mother had a broiled fish that was ...Read More

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Lobster Hut
25 Town Wharf
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
(508) 746-2270

Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Plimouth Plantation"

Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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If you’ve wanted to try time travel, this might be a good bet. I've been to 'living' museums before, but none done quite as well as Plimouth Plantation. Once you step through the Stockade, you walk into another era. Each of the interpreters has taken on the persona of one of the original residents circa 1627. They speak in the heavily accented period English appropriate to the part of England their character came from, dress in 17th century clothing, and 'live' in thatched houses furnished as they would have been in 1627. Even the larger homes show that life here was not luxury. We walked from house to house, including about half a dozen that "belonged" to ancest...Read More

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Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
508 746 1622

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Mayflower II"

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It’s a tidy looking little ship tied up at Town Wharf and swarming with 17th century seamen readying the ship for the return voyage to England. Like Plimouth Plantation, this is a living museum and you can go aboard and talk to the 'crew' as they go about their chores. The quarters shared by the 102 passengers, who spent 66 days here sailing toward freedom and the unknown, are cramped and dark and stuffy (and I thought the cabins on the Queen Mary were a bit tight). You have to admire the determination of these people crowded into the 'tween decks area. There was little privacy other than blankets hung as curtains between the piles of their worldly belongings separating one family ...Read More

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Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation
State Pier across from 74 Water Street
Plymouth, MA

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock)

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Attraction | "Plymouth Rock"

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock) Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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I must confess, my cynicism tends to creep up now and again and I have trouble swallowing the tourist line. Take Plymouth Rock. To listen to the legends (including the one that my 12th great grandmother, Mary Chilton, leapt from the boat ahead of the others and when her toe touched the Rock, she became the first European woman to land in New England), I thought the Rock should be at least the size of Gibraltar. Not so. It's a smallish, rather unimpressive rock on which someone has carved '1620'. It sits at the base of a hill in the middle of town, protected by iron bars and enshrined beneath a neo-Grecian structure of columns and roof a couple hundred yards from the edge of the water. ...Read More

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Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock)
Water Street
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

Old Town Cemetery, Sandwich

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Old Town Cemetery - Sandwich Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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While we dug around Plymouth for my father’s relatives, we had to slip down the coast to Sandwich, to find my mother’s. Sandwich was one of the early settlements and it has the picture postcard beauty of small town New England. There is the requisite white-spired church, the green common, the white colonial homes surrounded by incredibly green lawns and ancient shade trees. We were looking for the grave of Ezra Perry who had been buried here in 1689, so our goal was the Old Town Cemetery, behind the Town Hall. It sits on a grassy knoll along the edge of the Shawme Pond, which feeds water to the old mill that had been grinding flour when Ezra was here. It is still a working mill and for ...Read More