Day Out – The First Thanksgiving

Surprise! Here is a sneaky, brief midweek post I wanted to share. Last week was Thanksgiving and to celebrate my sister, brother-in-law and I went to Plymouth in Massachusetts. It might seem like a really strange place to go but it’s actually the location of The First Thanksgiving Feast. We drove an hourish south of Boston and went to Plimoth Plantation.

It’s around $25 to get in and you start by watching a brief movie over-viewing the place/history. It’s a live museum that shows a version of the original settlement of the Pilgrims and also a re-creation of a Wampanoag home site. Everything is interactive and you walk-through it/experience it. The first place you visit is the home site and there are Native People in traditional dress who explain the customs and how their ancestors would have lived. It was really interesting getting to see the structures and everyone was very informational.

You then head up a path (there’s a little bit of walking) and enter the English Village. Here there are actors who are portraying the Pilgrims. It was a little awkward at first when they would interact with us as our accents were definitely more on point to theirs haha but it was all a bit of fun. It kind of felt like being at Disney and exploring a movie set but was still fascinating none the less. I definitely left knowing much more about the first settlements and America’s history.

As this was just a quick day trip our last stop was into the centre of Plymouth. We saw the Mayflower II which is a replica of the Mayflower that transported the Pilgrims over here originally. It’s a beautiful ship and I was surprised just how small it was considering it carried so many people. The other must-see to check out is Plymouth Rock which is right next door. Going to see a rock felt a little weird but as we were in the area (and apparently around one million people visit it every year) it felt necessary. It’s the boulder which the Pilgrims supposedly landed on when they arrived at their permanent settlement. I wouldn’t go out of your way to come and see it haha but if you’re doing something nearby definitely check it out (it really is just a rock). Overall, it was a stunning day and an easy way to learn more about Thanksgiving and work off some of that food – check Plymouth out if you’re in the area.

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