Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National Monument to the Forefathers

I had heard about this monument watching Kirk Cameron's Monumental movie and we were just a few minutes from it in Plymouth. It is difficult to find out about it as I had a hard time even coming by an address or directions. But, we did find it! And, if you can watch the movie you will gain so much more understanding about all of the symbolism in the monument.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Plymouth Afternoon

With about an hour left until closing time, we had to go back to the settlement one more time. Samuel wanted to go back in the hewn out canoe and the girls wanted to play house again. The photo below I think may be my favorite photo from Plymouth. It looks so European, so simple, so homey, so uncomplicated, homespun, inviting in a strange way and scary in another.

Monday, July 28, 2014

More of Plymouth

After lunch, we headed to see the Mayflower replica. It is very hard to imagine the journey in such tight quarters under such unpleasant conditions. It must have felt unbearable at best, and it reminds me to think of what despair led these people to make such a decision to leave familiar and travel to the unknown. Wow.

We were told on board that those who could afford it built a little "cabin" space which really means that their bed was up off the floor and had a little curtain across the open side. Others had their beds on the floor. Our three children are in one of these "cabin" spaces and another lady told us they probably slept exactly like our kids were sitting - there wasn't really room to lay down especially not for an entire family.

Next, we enjoyed a pretty {although quite warm!} walk to the Grist Mill. The early settlers had a great vision for needing a more efficient way of grinding corn in particular. This was an interesting stop! Downstairs, they had lots of hands-on activities we enjoyed!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Plymouth Part Two

Next, it was a nice walk to the Pilgrim Colony. This was a definite highlight of our day and even our entire trip! I was so impressed with how open this was. Children could climb on the beds and explore not just walk through like a museum. All people working there were in costume and character. They spoke with an English accent as the early colonists would have. They were gardening and baking and working - it was just amazing to see.

Our girls wanted to move in! I think our favorite stop was an empty house where they just played and had so much fun pretending they lived there. They straightened the beds, swept, hauled the cooking pots, etc... And, the only comment they ever got from an employee was, "Thanks for all your help - that will save me time later!" I was afraid it would be much more don't-touch so we were very pleasantly surprised.

It was also a humbling day to consider the hardship. It was hot when we were there but imagine this place in the winter, with no grocery store around the corner, with struggles abounding and their very livelihood in jeopardy. They had faced tremendous opposition to arrive at this point. I did not necessarily think they left God totally out of their presentations but neither was He as central to the site as I believe He was to the Pilgrims. Of course, we were able to talk about this with our children.

I have wanted to see this place for a long time so this was one of my top favorites from our trip! We camped about thirty minutes away at Wompatuck State Park which worked out wonderfully!

This mother/daughter pair was cooking goose berries - the large white lump is sugar and she scraped some off with a knife to go into her mixture. It was fun to see day-to-day real activities being done in the homes and humbling to imagine the reality of 1620's colonists. 

We went to see the replica of the Mayflower next! And, later in the afternoon came back to the pilgrim settlement so I'll have a few more photos another day!