Plymouth or “America’s Hometown” (historically known as Plimouth and Plimoth) holds a place of great prominence in American history, folklore and culture.
Established in 1620 by Anglican and English separatists who broke away from the Church of England, believing that the Church had not completed the work of the Protestant Reformation. Today, these settlers are better remembered as “Pilgrims”, a term coined by William Bradford, an English leader of the settlers and later Governor of Plymouth for 30 years.
The Mayflower first anchored in what became Provincetown, Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. The Pilgrims went on to explore the Cape but after a storm and violent skirmishes with Native Americans they decided to sail westward into Cape Cod Bay. On December 17 they came across the sheltered waters of Plymouth Harbor and after three days of surveying decided to settle in this area, officially disembarking on December 21, 1620. It is said that the Pilgrims first set foot in America at the site of Plymouth Rock, though no historical evidence can prove this claim. The settlers named their settlement “Plimouth” (also historically known as “Plimoth”, an old English spelling of the name) after the port Plymouth in Devon, England from which the Mayflower departed.
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Rock The Plymouth Rock MonumentPlymouth Rock is one of Plymouth’s most famous attractions. Traditionally, the rock is said to be the disembarkation site of the Pilgrims.
Plimoth Plantation Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum located south of Plymouth Center. It consists of a re-creation of the Plymouth settlement in 1627, as well as a replica of a 17th century Wampanoag homesite. The museum features role playing tour guides, as well as a large crafts center.
Mayflower II The Mayflower II, located in Plymouth Harbor, is considered to be a faithful replica of the original Mayflower.
Brewster Gardens to Jenny Pond
Ellisville Harbor State Park
Historic Plymouth Harbor
Jenney Grist Mill
Myles Standish State Forest
Pilgrim Hall Museum
The Cordage Historical Society in Plymouth