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Hear powerful stories at Plimoth Plantation


History comes alive in Plymouth at the Plimoth Plantation.

Groups can witness history and hear the powerful stories of two different cultures: the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. 

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass.

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass.

A visit to Plimoth Plantation is self-guided, which allows groups to tour at their own pace. Active participation is encouraged at the plantation. Guests can ask the staff questions about religion, education and child rearing to get a better understanding as to what life was like for both the Native and English communities.

The Wampanoag Homesite, an outdoor living history exhibit, lets guests witness how people lived and ate in the 1600s. The staff at this site are all Native people, not role-players.

The English Village is a re-creation of a farming and maritime village that the Pilgrims would have built and lived in, and has people role-playing the part of Pilgrims.

It is recommended that guests wear comfortable shoes because there will be climbing up stairs and plenty of walking between the Wampanoag Homesite, the Nye Barn and the 17th-century village.

Allow for at least 2½ hours to visit the plantation with an additional 45 minutes to see the Mayflower II. The ship is currently going through a full restoration for the 400th commemoration of Plymouth, but it will return to the plantation in 2019.

Groups wanting to taste food from the 17th century will get the opportunity at the Patuxet Café. Some of the Colonial foods include Indian pudding, a stuffed quahog, succotash and cheesecake. Groups can also get catered or box lunches.

Motorcoach parking is available at the plantation.

For more information, call 508-746-1622 or visit


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Steph Lulofs, Associate Editor

Steph Lulofs’ career path curved through the daily newspaper world and made a stop in marketing before walking in the front door as Associate Editor at Group Tour Media. Her passion for research and writing is a good fit for her foray into blogging and driving editorial content for the northeast in Group Tour Northeast/Midwest magazine. When not on the road or at her desktop, Steph kicks back with her dogs, at the movies or between the pages of a good book. Meaning? She reads the book and then sees the movie.

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