On Saturday we arrived at Plymouth, MA. It was amazing just to be in the place where 103 stalwart men, women, and children landed on a small ship called the Mayflower. This stop was the favorite for at least several of my sisters, and it might turn out to be my favorite stop as well. The first sight we saw there was a statue called the National Monument to the Forefathers.
This towering granite monument is little known to the world, mostly for what it symbolizes: faith in God, morality through the Ten Commandments, the righteousness of the pilgrims, mothers educating their children, and many other Christian themes. It is an awesome monument. The only reason we knew about this statue was because of a documentary Kirk Cameron made called Monumental. If you have not watched that documentary, I would highly recommend it.
Our next stop was the Plimouth (not a typo) plantation, a place dedicated to the history of the pilgrims. It by far is my favorite stop of this trip. At this living-history museum, we got to walk through a Native American village and watch several Native Americans do things that they would have been doing back when the pilgrims landed. After that, we walked to a recreation of the settlement of the pilgrims. Here there were a handful of men and women who were dressed like how the pilgrims would have dressed (not the black suits and hats we so often see today). These men and women talked and acted just like how the pilgrims would have. It was so cool! You could ask them questions about life in the 1620s, and they would give you answers as if they had actually lived in that period! To see all the pictures from that stop, go this post by my mom: http://onlyonedayliketoday.blogspot.com/2013/05/day-ten-part-two.html
We also saw Plymouth Rock, Burial Hill, and several other interesting things in Plymouth. I really enjoyed that day! I will do a post about New York later today, because we are about to hit the road. :0) Next stop: Philadelphia, PA!