Plymouth Plantation and Mayflower – Links to Our Past Guide, Part 1

Written by Cliff Calderwood

Plimoth Plantation andrepparttar Mayflower II ship are major attractions in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Authentic yet entertainingrepparttar 144915 two are links to our past andrepparttar 144916 102 passengers that survivedrepparttar 144917 journey across stormy seas.

Many timesrepparttar 144918 bad storms ofrepparttar 144919 North Atlantic forcedrepparttar 144920 crew to take downrepparttar 144921 sails and just letrepparttar 144922 winds blowrepparttar 144923 ship wherever it wanted. During one brutal storm one ofrepparttar 144924 Mayflower main beams cracked andrepparttar 144925 sailors where convinced they’d have to turn back.

Butrepparttar 144926 journey continued and because of itrepparttar 144927 world was forever changed.

No, this is not really a history lesson, butrepparttar 144928 first of two articles about two unique experiences of US history you can have during your New England vacations.

This first article coversrepparttar 144929 area of Plymouth Plantation, andrepparttar 144930 second inrepparttar 144931 series covers Sturbridge Village.

The Mayflower voyage of 1620 took 66 days after leaving Plymouth, England on September 6, and anchoring in present day Provincetown harbor in Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. Miraculously only one passenger died onrepparttar 144932 voyage.

The Pilgrims decided Cape Cod was not a suitable place for a settlement, and forced north because ofrepparttar 144933 weather and dangerous shoals south of Cape Cod,repparttar 144934 pilgrims finally came ashore in late November in present day Plymouth center.

That first winter at Plimoth Plantation decimatedrepparttar 144935 settlers due to cold and disease. Ofrepparttar 144936 102 that came ashore only 52 were left inrepparttar 144937 spring.

The native Wampanoag men showedrepparttar 144938 survivors how to plant corn and in October 1621repparttar 144939 Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest at Plymouth Plantation. Later generations would recognizerepparttar 144940 significance ofrepparttar 144941 harvest by setting aside a special day that we now call Thanksgiving. And this day, more than any other in our calendar, binds every American to that fateful voyage in 1620.

And you can relive and feel this spirit andrepparttar 144942 early days of settlement at Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II replica. Both located inrepparttar 144943 coastal town of Plymouth, a city about 40 miles south of Boston and an easy ride on Route 3 south.

Plymouth Plantation is a 1627 Pilgrim authentic village a few miles outside ofrepparttar 144944 city but close torepparttar 144945 highway and well sign-posted.

An orientation movie and collection of artifacts greet you atrepparttar 144946 Henry Hornblower Visitor Center. Plimoth plantation itself is a loop tour with two primary sites,repparttar 144947 1627 Pilgrim Village andrepparttar 144948 Hobbamock’s (Wampanoag) Homesite. The stroll fromrepparttar 144949 museum down torepparttar 144950 main village passes by a craft center and crop fields.

Concert Packages – why seeing your favourite band shouldn’t be a hassle...

Written by Robin Richmond

Although many of us don’t like to admit it going to see a concert can sometimes be more trouble than its worth. While it certainly isn’t very “rock and roll” to tell your friends that you don’t fancy getting stuck with thousands of other sweaty people atrepparttar back of a concert you can’t even hear,repparttar 144725 fact remains that there are better ways to spend an evening.

To be honest, when you start to think about it there is many things about concerts that are simply not fun! For starters, unless you want to spend a fruitless morning at work hittingrepparttar 144726 ‘last number re-dial’ button or getting up at an inhumane hour ofrepparttar 144727 day to queue outsiderepparttar 144728 ticket office – you may struggle to getrepparttar 144729 best seats inrepparttar 144730 house. You can try booking online but most ofrepparttar 144731 timerepparttar 144732 website starts crashing due torepparttar 144733 high traffic volumes or your work server won’t let you accessrepparttar 144734 site inrepparttar 144735 first place!

Inrepparttar 144736 end you pay a substantial amount of money for a ticket in row ZZX next to two moaning teenagers escorted by their parents. By this point I bet you are feeling really “rock and roll”. Byrepparttar 144737 timerepparttar 144738 concert finishes you have had to listen torepparttar 144739 crowd sing for two hours becauserepparttar 144740 band is so far away and haverepparttar 144741 prospective of a two hour drive in front of you just to get a mile away fromrepparttar 144742 stadium due torepparttar 144743 high traffic volumes. All this and you haven’t even had a drink...

By this time you are thinking that you never want to go to a concert again – but wait... What happened torepparttar 144744 exciting concerts of your youth? Great atmosphere, great music, no problems. Surely these days aren’t gone forever? Wellrepparttar 144745 good news is these days aren’t gone, as long as you get organised – or let a third party dorepparttar 144746 organisation for you.

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