Plimoth Plantation

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on June 7, 2011

At the Plimoth Plantation is a museum village or open-air museum which explores the settlement of Plymouth by the Pilgrims, but also the impact of colonization on indigenous peoples. The plant is quite large and shows Plymouth in 1627, ie 7 years after the arrival of the Mayflower. In addition, here is a typical camp of the Wampanoag has been reconstructed, so that one can sympathize with both sides of the story. What to see exactly when I will get to later tour of the Plantation ...

The Plimoth Plantation is located on the outskirts of present-day town of Plymouth, about 3 kilometers south of the harbor, where the Mayflower II is moored. Plymouth is once again a small town in Massachusetts, which became known fact that the Mayflower docked here in 1620 and brought the Pilgrims to New England, who settled here and founded a colony.

At the checkout, we had our receipt of the Mayflower show, since we had already bought the combined ticket. Then we were allowed to enter. First, one is still in a building, the Visitor Center, where the gastronomy, the shops and two cinema halls are located. More on that later. With our map of the area in hand, we had already got on the ship, but this would not otherwise get to the door, you could give us a good overview of the area. All major attractions are listed here.

If you want out of the building inside and out in the real museum, you will automatically pass the cinema. Here is a fourteen-minute orientation film you should watch anyway. The film is offered in English only, so you should already be proficient in the language, but you must be in the U.S. anyway. Since the film is delayed in two rooms, one must not wait until it starts. After 5 minutes, opened the hall, the visitors poured out and we made ourselves comfortable on the cinema seats. In the orientation film to get a first visual impression of the terrain, as the camera passes by all the important parts of the plant. We also learn that the museum village of the 17 actors Century replay, while the employees are in the camp of the Indians not actors but real descendants of the Wampanoag. This then later when we arrived with our tour of the village or camp.

While the side of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower II is in the foreground is the Plimoth Plantation a great insight into the views of indigenous people. One learns that the settlement was for the Wampanoag anything but beautiful, because the English they contracted the disease with disease and it later came to war, which had many of the indigenous people lost their lives. In the film, actors speak from the perspective of people in the 17 Century, but also Wamapnoag tell what happened to their ancestors and speak here in part also (subtitled) in the language of their people. People tell a man that the Indians were treated as curiosities by the settlers and they even wanted to send his little brother as a gift to Britain. Many natives were shipped as slaves to England. Also the first Thanksgiving on American soil, the settlers had celebrated, for the natives thus a negative connotation, they could not really happy about the people who simply took their land in possession and everything changed, and many destroyed. This was not entirely unknown to me now, but I still have a lot more experience and the film was the curiosity about the Plimoth Plantation raised in any case.

After the movie ended, we left the visitor center and kicked out. We decided first, the Wampanoag home site, to see, then the camp of the natives and were on our way. Everywhere in the parking signs are installed, point the way. The roads are partly fixed and partly dusty and sometimes a little steep, but can deny in principle with prams or wheelchairs. Although not all areas of the plant, because there are stairs and pathways that are simply too steep. But I have still seen some people who were traveling with an electric wheelchair and well come to seem right.

The Wampanoag Homesite, we reached after a few minutes. This is a typical warehouse reconstructed from the 17 Century. Just before you reach the camp there are signs for the behavior because it is here, as already mentioned, is not an actor, but real descendants of the Wampanoag. One should not speak to the people here, for example, with chief Indians do not cry and do not ask what percentage of Indians because they were not. to do that pretty much precludes common sense, but there are also indications that even reprinted on the site plan, it is probably necessary, unfortunately, one or the other to point out. The village consists of several houses, the so-called wetus, you can also enter. There are bonfires, where food is prepared or handicrafts women pursue. People here wear traditional clothes for the life of the 17th Century to reflect and also use things from that time, but they speak in modern terms and tell from their perspective, as their ancestors must have experienced colonization, but they also talk about what they do today.

Next we went into the direction of the 1627 English Village, the English village where actors in clothes from the time-enact the life of the settlers. You'll hear the language that these people live all day in a different time, for they speak not just all a little different or use other words but also the issues are not the issues of our time. Tell such the villagers happy about her life in England and the Thirty Years' War. Also on the trip with the Mayflower could anyone tell us and the long, hard winter in which so many people died from diseases. One woman said that she was only two years ago here and lucky, because she had a man who was wealthy enough to offer it a home and a bed and enough to eat, otherwise, since not doing so well. In each interview, but was it clear how these people were believers, because God has always been subject. The English village is a farming village in which ordinary workers, peasants and artisans can be found. We watched as a blacksmith to at work, who told us that the steel is imported from England for the nails. The actors do not fall out of her role, one can indeed take pictures, but they are looking for, of course not in the camera, but what I find good, since it must be authentic. Authentic is the village too, as are many animals running around, one would expect in a village. For example, a flock of chickens. The houses you can enter all and they are set up as before, that is very sparse. Overall, it can - if you open challenge on it - even get the feeling to be in a different time.

Next we went to the Crafts Center with attached shop. Here you can watch people in various crafts of the past. Both traditional native arts and crafts typical of the settlers. The Crafts Center is quite small and so we get out of again. The adjoining shop was so full that we only briefly looked in.
Between the sights walks you through a really nice facility. There are forests, views of water and you can see the sea when you look over the roofs of the village. Since the terrain is great, is running the whole thing a little. Although we were not alone, but we had not queue for anything to look at us or push.

The Plimoth Plantation I really liked it, because here not only illuminates one side of the settlement, but also the side of the indigenous people who may come here to speak. represent the idea of history in this way is really great because we are still retains much more than if you only read or living a movie. Through discussions with the people and the experience as it is received at that time, is just very much like and today I think positive return to the trip. Because for me it is no criticism, and the price for what you get is still OK - not particularly, but not typical for the U.S. - I give 5 stars and a recommendation.
Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, Massachusetts, 02360
508 746 1622

© LP 2000-2009