A trip to Plimoth Plantation is like taking a trip back in time. This living museum provides a real look into the lives of the Pilgrims and Native People of the region, exploring the powerful stories of two distinct cultures. Engaging with knowledgeable staff will help you experience this fascinating story first-hand. This active approach to history has earned Plimoth Plantation national acclaim for delivering profoundly personal experiences to guests from around the world.
Plimoth Plantation’s award-winning exhibits include:
Wampanoag Homesite: Step into a wetu (house) surrounded by soft furs, flickering firelight, and woven bulrush mats. Please note that unlike elsewhere in Plimoth Plantation, the people you will meet here are not actors. They are Native People dressed in traditional deerskin clothing. They are happy to answer your questions about anything related to their story or culture, including family life, cooking (you’ll enjoy the scent of sobaheg stew simmering over an aromatic wood fire), traditional plant remedies, and boatbuilding techniques.
17th-Century English Village: This is a historically accurate re-creation of the small farming community built by the colonists adjacent to the Wampanoag Homesite. You will wander through small timber-framed houses and their fragrant gardens, observe livestock, and mingle with the townspeople of Plymouth Colony. The people you will meet here are 17th-century characters and modern-day guides. Ask about religious beliefs, cooking and medicinal habits, and relations to the Native People nearby. The English Village offers unobstructed views of Plymouth Harbor, further lending to the authenticity of the whole experience.
Craft Center: History is in the making at the Craft Center where you will find artisans practicing historical crafts, trades, and domestic skills in a modern setting. You’ll see the making of reproductions of some of the original items that the Pilgrims imported from England such as earthenware pottery, textiles, and candles. Watch the crafting of traditional Native artifacts used today in the Wampanoag Homesite. These artisans are always delighted to share their knowledge and skills while they work. A recent addition to the Craft Center is Plimoth Bread Company—a bakery where guests can learn about 17th-century bread making in a wood-fired clay oven through live demonstrations.
Plimoth Grist Mill: Just 16 years after they arrived on Mayflower, the Pilgrims built a grist mill on Plymouth’s historic Town Brook. Plimoth Grist Mill is a reconstruction of that original 1636 mill, where you can take a fascinating look at the mill’s history and its workings, from the 200-year old millstones grinding corn to the ecology of the brook that has powered mills through the centuries. Talk to our millers and find out why they keep their noses to the grindstone. Be sure to take home some of our freshly stone-ground organic cornmeal. It’s a taste to give thanks for!
As Plimoth Plantation reminds visitors, you can’t change history, but it can change you. Experience an authentic settlement as it stood hundreds of years ago, and let the early history of America as we know it come alive before your eyes. This should be a “must” on any Boston or New England itinerary!
Plimoth Plantation: I-93 S to Route 3 S. Take left exit 4 (Plimoth Plantation Highway) and follow signs to Plimoth Plantation.
Plimoth Grist Mill: I-93 S to Route 3 S. Take left at 6A, which puts you on Route 44 East (Samoset Street). After approximately 0.5 miles, take a right onto Oak Street. Turn left onto Summer Street and make a right onto Spring Lane.