Our time in Plymouth was very enjoyable.  We started the day at Plimoth Plantation.  Then finished the evening with a walk around the town of Plymouth.  We knew the Mayflower II would be closed by the time we arrived but we wanted to walk around town and see the sights.

Mayflower Compact
Mayflower Compact

 

An area map.
An area map.  So much to see and do.

 

So Chicago had different cows around town, Plymouth had different lobsters all over.
So Chicago, at one time, placed decorative cows around town, Plymouth had lobsters all over town.

 

Distant view of the MayflowerII
A distant view of the Mayflower II

 

Walked along Plymouth Harbor
We walked along Plymouth Harbor

 

The tide was low so we walked on the waters edge. We found small crabs and other fun things.
The tide was low so we walked on the water’s edge. We found small crabs and other fun things.

 

Plymouth Harbor

Our walk along the water’s edge lead us to the Mayflower II.  This is a reproduction of the original ship.  There is a bit of mythology about what happened to the original ship.  One story said, it was sold for scrap and turned into a barn, but no one really knows.  The reproduction of the Mayflower summers here at Plymouth Harbor and winters at Mystic Seaport for repairs and updates.  It was bigger than I thought it would be and yet I would not have wanted to sail across the ocean in a ship that small.

 

MayflowerII
Mayflower II

 

MayflowerII
Mayflower II

 

MayflowerII
Mayflower II

 

MayflowerII
Mayflower II

 

Plymouth Waterfront

 

Family at Plymouth Rock
Family at Plymouth Rock

 

Plymouth Rock

 

Wow, ehh? moving on.
Wow, ehh? moving on.

 

Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock

 

Captain Lobster
Captain Lobster

 

A helping hand
A helping hand, Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag tribe

 

We finished our walk around Plymouth with a climb up Leyden Street, the location of the original Pilgrim’s settlement.

Leyden Street description
Leyden Street description

 

The modern Plymouth street
The modern Plymouth street

 

House descriptions

 

House descriptions

 

Further up Leyden St.
Further up Leyden St.

 

Church at the top of Leyden St replaced the fort that was originally occupied the location. The fort was used both for protection and to hold mass services and general gatherings.
The church at the top of Leyden Street replaced the fort that originally occupied the location. The fort was used for protection, to hold mass services and general gatherings.

 

We enjoyed the town of Plymouth.  It was a beautiful evening and we saw an amazing sunset.  We had a fun conversation with a security guard at the Mayflower II and we were slightly underwhelmed by the rock but I suppose it is the idea and result of landing at Plymouth Rock not the actual rock that really matters.  Landing at Plymouth Rock was the beginning of something special but I doubt the Pilgrims had any idea how special it was.

sunsetplantation

 

From Plymouth we headed to Philadelphia, PA, where we learned about the Cradle of Democracy at Independence Hall.