on November 9, 2000
This is a living history museum. It is not on the original site but was built to duplicate as closely as possible the original settlement. The homes are small and very smokey from the open fires that are burning. The windows are covered with paper so they are also very dark. Costumed inhabitants go about their daily routine while we observe them. It's a wonderful recreation of what life was like in 1627. My grandsons were fascinated by one of the women as she made a cheese cake. We asked lots of questions and got very good answers to all of them. You can spend time talking to Miles Standish's wife or John Alden. They will tell you all about their voyage here and the first few hard years they have spent in the colony. It really is living history. We came late in the fall just before they close and quite a few of the houses were not open.
There is also a recreated Indian Village which we didn't visit mainly because it was rainy and cold.
There is an excellant gift shop and also a craft shop where you can watch some early New England craftmen at work.
The upside of coming off season is that there were not many people. I can imagine that in the summer it can be very crowded and the houses are very small. As it was we had to push our way into most of them.
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