Plymouth Massachusetts: History Museums of Plymouth MA
Plymouth MA, History of the Pilgrims
Plymouth's History Museums of the Pilgrims
The Jenny Grist Mill, a re-created mill that once stood on the stream where the first settlers built their homes in 1620
  • Pilgrims
In 1620 a group of 104 settler including a group of religious pilgrims landed on a shore near a clear running stream where they built a town that we now call Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Modern Plymouth makes the most of its history and is a great place to visit with several museums to history just a walk  from  were the settlers built their first houses.
  • The Mayflower
The ship that brought the Pilgrims has been re-created and is at the dock near the landing site and open to the public as a floating museum to Pilgrim history.
Nearby, the place were the Pilgrims built their first houses is now a park along the stream that first attracted the settlers to Plymouth
The interior of the Sparrow House. History is the draw in Plymouth.  Plymouth Mass is often called the Nations home town.
Plymouth Massachusetts History Museums include the replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims, the Mayflower.   The Mayflower is at a dock in the harbor and open for visits. Nearby replica cottages of the settlers act now as gift shops in Plymouth Memorial State Park.
  • Religious Pilgrims
The Pilgrims left England because they were not free to practice their Christian religion without the influence of the British monarchy.  
Not all of the first group were religious pilgrims, however;  Miles Standish, for example, was hired as a soldier to provide security. Other travelers were prospectors and speculators. Few of them were fit enough or skilled enough to survive their first harsh New England winter.
The Pilgrims built their houses beside the stream, the oldest still standing the 1640 Sparrow House is now a museum and potters shop
Visitors walk the street where the pilgrims built their houses, the oldest street in the country: Leyden Avenue
now but they are re-created at the Plimoth Plantation a living history museum not far south on Route 3A from the center of town.

Shuttle service reaches the Plimoth Plantation
The first houses were on Plymouth's Leydon Street now the oldest street in North America.
One of the early
wood frame houses, the 1661 Spooner House, still stands and is open as a museum.
The stream still runs along the path that the native Americans used to go from the shore to the ponds inland.
Fine old houses now welcome visitors to Plymouth
The walking trail to the Jenny Grist Mill
http://www.legendaryinnsofnewport.com/

Adele Turner Inn  http://www.adeleturnerinn.com/

Cliffside Inn http://www.cliffsideinn.com/
Best of Newport  http://www.bestofnewport.com/

Artisan Cheese Makers
Shy Brothers, Westport
www.shybrothersfarm.com

Great Hill Blue, Marion
www.greathillblue.com

Museums and Sightseeing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
www.whalingmuseum.org

New Bedford Whaling National Park
www.nps.gov/nebe/

Schooner Ernestina
www.ernestina.org

Battleship Massachusetts, Battleship Cove
www.battleshipcove.org

Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II
www.plimoth.org

Edaville Railroad and Cranberry World
www.edaville.com

King Richard’s Medieval Faire
www.kingrichardsfaire.net

Lloyd Center of the Environment  (Nature center, Trails)
www.thelloydcenter.org

Roche Jones Duff House Museum
www.rjdmuseum.org

Buttonwood Park Zoo
www.bpzoo.org

Lizzie Borden B&B/Museum
www.lizzie-borden.com
Music & Theatre
The Zeiterion
www.zeiterion.org

The Narrows
www.ncfta.org

The Tweeter Center
www.tweetercenter.com

New Bedford Symphony
www.nbsymphony.org

Festivals On The South Coast
New Bedford SummerFest
www.newbedfordsummerfest.com

Fall River Celebrates America
www.fallrivercelebrates.com

International Institute of Culinary Arts
www.iicaculinary.com

Outdoor Activities
Osprey Sea Kayak
www.ospreyseakayak.com

New Bedford ½ Marathon
www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com

Art Galleries
The Art Complex
www.artcomplex.org

New Bedford Art Museum
www.newbedfordartmuseum.org

Artworks
www.artworksforyou.org

Narrows Center for the Arts
http://www.ncfta.org/
Concerts, galleries the local art scene on the South Coast.

Restaurants, Food & Drink
The Back Eddy
www.thebackeddy.com

Freestones City Bar & Grill
www.freestones.com

Lodging, B&Bs
www.paquachuck.com

www.harborinnwestport.com

www.mass.gov/dcr/southeast.htm

www.destinationnewbedford.org
Wine Tours, Agricultural tours
Buzzards Bay Brewing
http://www.buzzardsbrew.com/

Coastal Wineries
http://www.coastalwinetrail.com

Vines to Wines Tours
http://www.vinestowinestours.com
B&B  will arrange transportation
from their Inn to the area's wineries.

Northeast Wineries
www.NortheastWineries.com
Buzzards Bay Brewing

Coastal Wineries
http://www.coastalwinetrail.com

New Bedford Whaling Museum
http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
New Bedford history of whaling.
http://www.zeiterion.org


Vines to Wines Tours
http://www.vinestowinestours.com
B&B  will arrange transportation from their Inn to the area's wineries.

Northeast Wineries
www.NortheastWineries.com
Other activities near Plymouth, Mass.
Plymouth is still a small town and can easily be walked in a day. Free parking is provided at several lots along the harbor. towards the boat ramp.  The ramp area parking is for boats with trailers but 200 yards to the north there is free parking.    Other lots provide paid parking.
You will need a vehicle to reach the Plimoth Plantation,  about three miles outside the harbor along the coast to the south.
Plymouth & Brockton shuttle runs service between the harbor and the Plimoth Plantation.
Train and bus service reaches Plymouth from
Logan Airport.
Plymouth Mass History Museums:
Plymouth's 1824 Pilgrim Hall is the country's oldest continually operating public museum
The Ship Mayflower  brought the Pilgrims in 1620.  The ship  has been re-created as a museum and is at the dock near the original landing site.

The
Mayflower is open to the public as a floating museum to Pilgrim history.

Nearby, beneath a granite portico, you will find  Plymouth Rock at the foot of the street where the Pilgrims built their first houses.
A stream runs through the park nearby and this provided the fresh water that first attracted the Pilgrims to Plymouth
lost his wife, Rose,  and Priscilla Mullins  (John Alden's Priscilla) lost her entire family.
Museum, Pilgrim Hall
Plymouth Massachusetts History Museums include the Mayflower, a recreation of the ship that brought the Pilgrims from England.
The Ship Mayflower is at the dock near the first landing site and open to the public as a floating museum to Pilgrim history.
Massachusetts History Museums include the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims from England.
The Mayflower has been re-created and is at the dock near the first landing site and open to the public as a
floating museum to Pilgrim history.
Plymouth MA History Museums include the Mayflower, a recreation of the ship that brought the Pilgrims at the dock near the first landing site of the Pilgrims and is open to the public as a floating museum to Pilgrim history.
The Jenny Grist Mill, a re-created mill that once stood on the stream where the first settlers built their homes
Plymouth Whale Watch Information:
Captain John's Whale Watching and Fishing Tours   Tel.   (508) 242-3161
10 Town Wharf  Plymouth, MA 02360                 41.961455 -70.667422
Plymouth MA is home to the recreated vessel, the Mayflower
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The ship Mayflower is open as a floating museum in the harbor at Plymouth, MA
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