Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays, and the official start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is also a long weekend, something which overworked folks in need of rest always look forward to. This Thanksgiving, instead of stressing out about the turkey and the guests, why not revisit the place where it all began?
The place where it all began is in the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is where the Pilgrims established a colony after arriving in the Mayflower. This is also where “The First Thanksgiving” started, after the first harvest in 1621.
Visiting Plymouth is a great way to experience history first hand. You can visit Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum that re-creates and keeps the records of the lives of the Pilgrims. There’s also a 1627 Pilgrim Village and a Native American Homesite. Or, visit the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World. Lovers of history can also visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest public museum in the United States.
There are also a lot of activities in Plymouth that can help you relive history. You might want to participate in a harvest home dinner, where you’ll experience a recreation of the 1627 feast. Actually, just being in Plymouth during Thanksgiving week is like stepping back thru history, as the townspeople faithfully recreate the lives and events of history.
Of course, Thanksgiving in Plymouth wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Plymouth Rock. This is also one of the best times to view it too, since the Rock is scheduled for renovation next spring, and will be covered from March till May.