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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum, a re-creation of the first settlement at Plymouth, staffed with people dressed in period clothing, and doing tasks, such as hoeing the corn crop, smoking and drying fish, cooking a typical stew over the fire, tending cows, building a store house, baking bread or husking corn.
Wampanoag Homesite
  Wampanoag Homesite – Step into a Wampanoag village and garden in the 1600’s – the people you’ll meet are members of the Wampanoag tribe today. Dome shaped houses are covered with bark and reed mats, dugouts are made by burning out the center of a long, corn, beans and squash are grown in the field. Kids can go inside a typical house, find out about hunting and fishing, and watch women cooking food over the fire
    Eel River nature walk – From the Homesite, follow the trail that goes right along river, ringed with reeds. Looking over the river, it’s easy to imagine what it was like in the 17th century.
Plimoth Plantation - Howland House
  1627 English Village – Walk through the street of the Plymouth settlement, rough-hewn houses along dirt streets, enclosed in a fortified wooden wall (palisade). Start at the top of the hill with the fort, which also doubled as meeting house and place of worship. Climb up the fort for a bird’s eye view of the village and ocean beyond. Wander down the streets, go inside houses and kitchen gardens, ask questions of any of the staff, and they’ll explain what they’re doing. We had to stop into the Howland house – John Howland was an indentured servant who married Elizabeth Tilley, they had ten children, all of whom survived.
    Crafts Corner – Watch demonstrations of wood working, weaving, throwing pots and firing pottery in a 17th century style wood-fired kiln. There are picnic tables outside the Crafts Corner.
kids books plymouth massachusetts
     
Tapenum's Day
Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

Explore the life of a Wampanoag Indian boy in the 1620’s, going out to hunt, fishing from a dugout canoe, making an arrow that shoots straight and true, learning stillness in the forest. Illustrated with photographs from the Wampanoag Homesite at the Plimoth Plantation. (Picture book)

Wampanoag traditions continue today – a boy and his grandfather prepare for a clambake (appanaug), a celebration to honor an elder of the tribe: Clambake

 

 
Tapenum's Day
     
Sarah Morton's Day  
Sarah Morton's Day
Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

A day in the life of Pilgrim girl – getting dressed at dawn, serving her parents breakfast, feeding the chickens, preparing a midday meal of cornbread and stew, doing her lessons, fetching water from the well. Photographed at Plimoth Plantation. (Picture book)

 

     
Sammuel Eaton's Day
Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

Daily life of a Pilgrim boy, gathering firewood, helping the men with the rye harvest, lunching under a tree near the fields, reaping and binding until sun down, collecting mussels for the evening meal. Plimoth Plantation photographs. (Picture book)

 

 
Sammuel Eaton's Day
More children's books on other Plymouth pages.
 
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