A few years ago, we spent 4th of July in America’s Hometown, Plymouth. What a difference a few hundred years makes!
This is Plimoth Plantation’s Pilgrim settlement.
I chaperoned the 3rd grade field trip to Plimoth Planation and my group wanted to see the English settlement at Plimoth Plantation as their first stop and then onto the Native American settlement.
My group explores Plimoth Plantation’s English settlement.
Many of the houses had actors in character as actual people who lived here. We had a sheet of things to find and questions to ask so the kids ran through the settlement houses in search of settlers to talk to.
I found the interiors fascinating. It’s like an Open House tour during the 17th century. The houses varied quite a lot on the inside to reflect the inhabitants who built them.
This house was the coziest.
A large family lived here.
Not all the houses had fireplaces as we know them.
Some homes had more of a fire corner lined with stones. This was both the kitchen and the heating system.
It was interesting to hear what people thought in the 17th century. Check out this clip about tallow, muscles and why Northern Europeans are tall.
Books for Kids on Plimoth at the time of the Pilgrims
Is it hard to imagine what life was like back in the 1600’s in Plymouth? These books might help!
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
It’s a time for giving thanks . . . when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it’s cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don’t know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?
Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters
Chosen to become a special warrior prince in 1627, Tapenum prepares himself for the great honor by hunting, fishing, and sharing a day with friends and family, in a story that is complemented by photographs of Plymouth Plantation. [ages 4 and up]
Bob Villa takes us to Plimoth Plantation from a 17th century construction point of view. The unfinished house gives a glimpse of how to the Pilgrims built their homes.
There was also a house under construction to examine.
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