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Plymouth MA Tour: More in Plymouth

Jabez Howland House

At some point, I will add a few more three-hour tours. But for now, I want to make sure I highlight some other very worthwhile attractions and pursuits in Plymouth. Some of these can be added on to the other tours, used to make up another tour of your own, or one-off excursions.

Plymouth Visitor Information Center

The Visitor Information Center on the waterfront is the perfect place to pick up information on things to do and see in Plymouth and the broader area.

Jenney Interpretive Center

If you want a guided tour, I recommend the Jenney Interpretive Center. You can’t find a better, more informative tour that will take you to all the most important places and provide the most interesting things you never new about the Pilgrim story.

National Monument to our Forefathers

On your way in or out of Plymouth, be sure to stop at the Monument to our Forefathers on Allerton Street – this is an amazing monument, not to be missed. There’s parking, and 15-20 minutes is plenty of time to take in this magnificent structure.

Pilgrim Hall Museum

The oldest continuously operating museum in the country, you can lose yourself in Pilgrim history at Pilgrim Hall Museum. An hour or two is enough to enjoy this treasure.

Jabez Howland House

The Jabez Howland house at 33 Sandwich Street was purchased in 1667 by Jabez (son of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley Howland). It was a private residence until 1915, and was restored in the 1940s, and is a beautiful recreation of 17th century living. If you love old houses, don’t miss this.

Mayflower Society House

The Mayflower Society House is an18th century home built by Edward Winslow, great-grandson of the Pilgrim Edward Winslow. Another one of those great period houses that make for a great tour.

Note that the house is closed in 2021 for restoration work.

1809 Hedge House

Built by sea captain William Hammatt, Hedge House was originally located on Court Street, where Memorial Hall is today, and threatened with demolition. The Antiquarian Society bought it for $1 in 1919 and had it moved to Water Street, where it has stood since. How such a large house was moved is no doubt a story in itself. I remember this house as the Antiquarian House when my sister and I toured it as teens. I was in raptures – already an avid fan of antique homes.

1749 Spooner House

Tucked away on North Street downtown is the 1749 Spooner House, home to the Spooners for 200 years. Talk about family history, right? James Spooner was the last member of the family to occupy the house. In 1954 he bequeathed his home and its generations of possessions as a museum.

Lastly, I’d encourage you to simply walk around down by the waterfront and up on Main Street and Court Street and the little side streets that take you through old neighborhood that reveal hidden gems of old houses and shops. Enjoy.

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