This Thanksgiving may be nearly over, but The First Thanksgiving never loses its appeal. And in Massachusetts, it’s still taking place.
Plimoth Plantation is a completely amazing living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Plimoth is the old-fashioned spelling.) It’s always 1627 in the Village, just seven years after the Mayflower arrived. In fact, it’s still docked nearby, ready to be explored. (Actually, it’s the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the famous ship).
Visitors can step into the town and feel they’re a part of the day-to-day life. They can learn what people wore, how they spoke, what they did and what they knew. Go ahead, ask a question, and the costumed interpreter will answer in character! In addition to the Pilgrims (then known as Colonists), visitors encounter Native Americans in the Wampanoag Homesite. They can also visit the Craft Center and Nye Barn, with its historic breeds of cows, goats and sheep.
In the chronology of the Plantation,
The First Thanksgiving is in the very recent past. The reason it’s so valuable to visit, in our opinion, is the perspective that it gives. Spend a little time there. See how everything was done by hand and largely at the whim of Mother Nature. Suddenly it’s easy to see why the Pilgrims were so Thankful at that first, famous feast.