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Pilgrim Hall & Hedge House

Pilgrim Hall & Hedge House

Hedge House Museum - Plymouth MA

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The tour takes you to America’s oldest continuously operating public museum, containing an amazing collection of Pilgrim artifacts. From there, you get to see how a ship captain’s family lived in the 1809 Hedge House.

The last stop is the Waterfront Visitor Center, so you can find more places to visit in the Plymouth area.

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Pilgrim Hall Museum

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Founded in 1820, Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country. And that’s nothing compared to the artifacts it houses. 

Here you’ll find treasures like William Bradford’s Bible, the earliest sampler made in America by the daughter of  Myles Standish, and a portrait of Edward Winslow – the only portrait of a Pilgrim painted from life. 

Lose yourself in history at this excellent museum. 

 

Hedge House Museum

Hedge House Museum

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.

Hours are seasonal and limited so check the website before heading over.

Plymouth Waterfront Visitor Center

Plymouth Waterfront Visitor Center

You might have thought that I’d bring you to the visitor center in one of the earlier tours, but there is method to my madness.

By the time you’ve gotten to this point, you’ve mostly exhausted all the Plymouth sightseeing. That means you’re ready to explore a little farther afield, and that’s where the visitor center can provide lots of great guidance.

There is so much to see and do beyond Plymouth and you’ll find all the area has to offer at this cute little center that is packed with information.

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