on September 5, 2000
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 ancestors. Along the way, we listened to skippets of local gossip, listened to discussions on what life is like, how the dishes are made, and other topics questions by 'guests'. They'll discuss anything as long as you remember their knowledge of the world stops in 1627. You can even get 17th century tips on raising livestock or vegetables.
The setting is stunning. A broad view down to the bay, the town itself surrounded by woods. After our trip through the world of the pilgrims, we strolled through the woods to the Wamanoag village, and then took the Eel River nature trail. Before you leave, be sure you climb to the top of the Stockade. The view is magnificent. Life might have been harsh, but it certainly had a lovely setting.
Most of the reproductions used to furnish the houses are made onsite and at the Visitor's Center you can watch the potters and woodcarvers and other craftsmen at work. The Center also has a gallery of rotating exhibits and an extensive gift shop, and a dining room.
Admission varies, depending on what you want. For both the Plantation and the Mayflower II, it runs about $19 for adults.
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