A Walking Tour of Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation was the first permanent European settlement in southern New England (AD 1620). Today, this area is the site of a living museum, dedicated to recreating 17th- century lifeways in the New World. Plimoth Plantation includes two main components: 1) a reconstruction of the European village occupied by the Pilgrims and 2) a reconstructed Native American hamlet known as Hobbamock's Homesite. Both components offer interpretive exhibits illustrating many aspects of life. People in historic period costumes carry out the daily tasks which would have been conducted by the occupants of the area. These tasks include cultivation and processing of wild and domesticated plants and animals, house construction, craft production, and socializing (they are a talkative bunch).

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Images from Plimoth Plantation

One of the many interpretive guides dressed in 17th- century European clothing.
A semi-subterranean house.
Another example of a 17th- century house.
A view of several houses showing the organic nature of the architecture at this colonial settlement.
Detail of the interior of a bastion.
A 17th- century outdoor oven.
A meal being prepared inside one of the English houses.

Images from Hobbamock's Homesite

A bark and cattail wigwam at Hobbamock's Homesite. There is also a bark-covered longhouse.
A detail of bullrush wall mats inside the wigwam.
A smaller "menstruation hut" made of cattails.
A twined bag.
A collection of cultivating and hunting tools.
A view of the maize garden at Hobbamock's Homesite.
One of the interpretive guides at Hobbamock's Homesite dressed in a mixture of traditional Native American and European clothing.
Food and storage containers.
A typical meal being cooked at Hobbamock's Homesite.
Storage pit feature.