Plimoth Plantation: Learning About the Pilgrims

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About the Pilgrims

A few years ago, we spent 4th of July in America’s Hometown, Plymouth. What a difference a few hundred years makes!

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

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.

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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.

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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.

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

This house was the coziest.

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A large family lived here.

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

Not all the houses had fireplaces as we know them. 

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

 Some homes had more of a fire corner lined with stones. This was both the kitchen and the heating system.

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

The bread oven was the last thing on our list to locate. It turned out to be a community oven in the center of the street.

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.

Plimoth Plantation Faceoff: English Settlers

There was also a house under construction to examine.

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Plimoth Plantation: Learning About the Pilgrims

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p.s. Related posts:

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Notable Children’s Book Author Joseph Bruchac

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  1. Visited this site many years ago. Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I need to get back to revisit soon.

  2. We enjoyed visiting Plimoth Plantation when we lived in Massachusetts.
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  3. Jim Westcott

    Hi Mia,

    I really like how the interior of the homes are designed to reflect the different inhabitants who built them. This is a great connection for kids to see and think about, even though the technology was different in the 17th Century, and these people led very different lives in many ways, they had needs and interests no different than people today. Great post.

  4. That’s cool, Mia. I love those kinds of places- they really drive the whole way of life home foe kids.
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  5. Galaxia

    When I lived in Indiana, we’d visit places like the battle of Tippecanoe site all the time…LOVE learning about history by being placed right in the middle of it! I can never keep my eyes open just looking through a textbook. I love the pictures you took of the houses, too.
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  6. Ann

    It is fun how they stay in character! I like checking out the interiors too.
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