Monday, June 15, 2009

Plimoth Plantation

With two weeks left of school, I still had 2.5 personal days to take (meaning if you don't take them... you lose them!) So, I took them. My mom had come into town and I wanted to check one more thing off of my "To do before you leave Boston list" ... so off to Plimoth Plantation we went!

So, the plantation offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the
Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. They do their best to have live exhibits, programs, live interpreters, and historic settings to encourage a new level of understanding about present-day issues affecting communities around the world.

It was an INCREDIBLE experience. I felt like I was really among the two different groups of people as we toured the exhibits. The staff dressed like the
Wampanoag people and colonists would have dressed. Many of the Wampanoag staff were truly Native Americans! And, the colonists talked with the English accent as well as spoke and answered questions like you were talking to them in the 1600s. It was remarkable.

So, we went to the
Wampanoag village first. Here is one of their summer huts. Meant to be kept cool... (and notice I am wearing long sleeves and two layers. We went on June 15th but yet Boston is still not realizing it should be warmer!!)

Here is one of the staff members who was cooking frog legs and some kind of porridge that she was REALLY going to share with her family and eat later on in the day! (See the frog legs on the stick over the fire!!)

Well... if you didn't see them in the picture above... here's a better shot!
The inside of the winter hut. It was VERY smokey when we were in there and only one of the three fires were going at that time. The lady said that if the door was shut it wouldn't be as smokey and the smoke would just go out the holes in the ceiling.
Now on to the English village. I only got one picture of the village from the top of the Church at one of the ends of the village. Many of the homes were too dark to take pictures on the inside (as well as crowded with visitors). My mom LOVED talking to each of the colonists because she felt like she was living in the 1600s and found it so interesting!! It was hard to pull her away and move on to the next house :)
Overall, a great day and I highly recommend this as a great place to visit when you come to Boston... if you like to learn about history! You can also tour the Mayflower II and see Plymouth Rock... but we had to get back so we didn't get there...

LOVE IT that I crossed one more thing off my list!

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