Monday, August 20, 2007

History Is Alive at Plymouth Colony

In 1620 the Mayflower brought hope-filled Pilgrims to our rocky shores. In seven years they had built the busy village of Plymouth which grew into the current city of today. Fortunately for us Plymouth's history isn't lost forever, there is a wonderful re-creation of this small farming town built by English. It is easy to find yourself immersed in the year 1627, in the village of modest timber-framed houses, fragrant raised-bed gardens, well-tended livestock and fascinating townspeople of Plymouth Colony.

Although Jamestown (1607) was the first settlement, Plymouth remains the first permanent English settlement in New England. The people you will meet are costumed role players who have taken on the names, viewpoints and life histories of the people who actually lived in the colony in 1627. Each one has a unique story to tell. Learn about the colony's difficult beginnings or discover the gossip of the day. Ask about religious beliefs, medical practices or relations with the local Wampanoag Indians.

Your visit to the year 1627 is self-guided, so you are free to wander around the village at your own pace. Take this unique opportunity to explore the 17th-century perspective of the English who traveled across the Atlantic. It is a delightful venture into the past without the rough seas and the perilous journey.

Angie McCarl