Mayflower Society Museum
The offices of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is housed in the magnificent 1754 house of Edward Winslow, the...
1749 Spooner House
The Plymouth Antiquarian Society maintains three historic houses, but only the Spooner House is open for tours.
If Plymouth Rock tells us little about the Pilgrims, Mayflower II speaks volumes. It is a replica of the small ship in which they made...
Carmen's Café Nicole
Boasting a wonderful view of Plymouth Harbor and outdoor seating, this eclectic cafe pulls off a wide variety of delicious dishes, from...
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Plymouth Rock information
Thousands of visitors come here each year to look at this weathered granite ball and to consider what it was like for the Pilgrims, who stepped ashore on this strange land in the autumn of 1620. We don’t really know that the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, as it’s not mentioned in any early written accounts. But the story gained popularity during Colonial times.
In 1774, 20 yoke of oxen were harnessed to the rock to move it – splitting the rock in the process. Half of the cloven boulder went on display in Pilgrim Hall from 1834 to 1867. The sea and wind lashed at the other half, and innumerable small pieces were chipped off and carried away by souvenir hunters over the centuries. By the 20th century the rock was an endangered artifact, and steps were taken to protect it. In 1921 the reunited halves were sheltered in the present granite enclosure. In 1989 the rock was repaired and strengthened to withstand weathering. And so it stands today, relatively small, broken and mended, an enduring symbol of the quest for religious freedom.