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South of Boston/Plymouth welcome guests to historic homes and sites

Plimoth Plantation Farm Plymouth MA {ht Credit Kristen Oney
Plimoth Plantation

137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-1622

Open: Mid-March through Thanksgiving; daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation is a world class living history museum located in Plymouth. Situated along the Eel River wetlands overlooking Cape Cod Bay, the 100-acre main campus presents a recreated 17th English and Wampanoag Native American communities. History comes alive with modern relevance for visitors of all ages at this immersive museum featuring costumed interpreters and modern day artisans throughout our award-winning exhibits, including the 17th Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Craft Center and Mayflower II docked at the State Pier in picturesque Plymouth Harbor. Exhibits are open from late March through the end of November after the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo Credit: Kristen Oney
Fife & Drum Parade - Plymouth 400 - Plymouth, MA
Plymouth 400 Inc.

6 Main Street Ext. - Post Office Square Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-812-2020

Relive 400 years of history during Plymouth’s yearlong anniversary celebration

History will come alive when you participate in the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. The official anniversary tour will include visiting the Alden Family House and Myles Standish Monument in Duxbury and the Provincetown Pilgrim Monument and Museum. In Plymouth, visits will be made to Plimoth Plantation, a working 17th century English village and Wampanoag Homesite; Mayflower II, where you can sign your own copy of the Mayflower Compact; Leyden Street, where the Pilgrims first lived; and the Pilgrim Hall Museum, with its impressive collection of Pilgrim possessions. On Cape Cod, visitors will also tour Corn Hill and First Encounter Beach and, on Martha’s Vineyard, the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Photo Credit: Katie McLaughlin
Plymouth Grist Mill-credit-Plimouth Plantation
Plimoth Grist Mill (formerly Jenney Grist Mill)

48 Summer Street Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-746-1622

A replica of a grist mill built on this site in 1636 and used by the Pilgrims to grind corn for flour. Visitors can see the water wheel turning and watch the miller grinding grain. Owned and operated by Plimoth Plantation.
Hours: Contact Plimoth Plantation for hours of operation
Information: www.plimoth.org/mill
Paragon Carousel

205 Nantasket Avenue Hull, MA Phone: 617-925-0472

A working antique carousel with authentic wooden horses. Visitors ride to music on a 1928 Wurlitzer organ.
Hours: April 1 to June 19, weekends, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 19 to Labor Day, daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Labor Day to Halloween, Friday, 4 p.m.-dusk and weekends, 11 a.m.-dusk. Closed Halloween to late March.
$2.50 per ride
Information: www.paragoncarousel.com
Martin House Farm

22 Stoney Hill Road at Route 6 Swansea, MA Phone: 617-742-3190

The Martin House Farm is a rare example of an 18th and early 19th century farm which still retains the character of its original setting. It consists of the house, two barns and cultivated fields surrounded by dry stone walls and woodlands. Check the farm website for many interesting public events through the season.
Hours: Open for tours on Sundays, early July through September, 1-4 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.
Admission: Adults, $5; children under age 12, free; active military and their families admitted free
Mayflower II

State Pier Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-746-1622

A reproduction of the original Mayflower, the ship in which the Pilgrims journeyed to America. Visitors will get a sample of what life was like during their voyage in 1620.
Hours: Mid-March-end of October, plus Thanksgiving programming.
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 6-12, $7; seniors, $9. Combination tickets for Plimoth Plantation also are available.
Information: http://bit.ly/iYXlFA
Alden House Historic Site

105 Alden Street Duxbury, MA Phone: 781-934-9092

Two of the Mayflower's most famous passengers, John and Priscilla Alden, lived in this home in the 17th century.
Hours: June 1-September 30; Wednesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children under age 18, $3.
Information: www.alden.org/
Plymouth Rock

Water Street Plymouth, MA Phone:

The real thing. Plymouth Rock commemorates the site where the Pilgrims first came ashore in 1620.
Harlow Old Fort House

119 Sandwich Street Plymouth, MH Phone: 508-746-0012

This Pilgrim home was built in 1677.
Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

2468B Washington Street / Route 138 Canton, MA, 02021 Phone: 781-821-2977

sprawling gardens on an historic estate

Once a Colonial farmstead, the property was transformed into a country estate. The property includes a country house, landscaped grounds, and a complex of farm and estate buildings, manicured lawns, a walled garden, and a brick-edged garden. Visitors may explore more than 60 acres of meadow and woodland along three miles of trails.
Hours: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. No charge.
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

396 County Street New Bedford, MA, 02740 Phone: 508-997-1401

This 28-room Greek Revival mansion was built for whaling merchant William Rotch, Jr. in 1834. The house and formal gardens chronicle 150 years of economic, social and domestic life in New Bedford. Greek Revival in style, it was designed by architect Richard Upjohn. The gardens are well-planned and historically interesting. Admission includes a 30-minute self-guided tour of the Museum and access to the exterior grounds and gardens.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors over age 65, $5; students, $5; children age 12 and younger, $3.
Information: www.rjdmuseum.org
Battleship Massachusetts

Battleship Cove, 5 Water St Fall River, MA Phone: 508-678-1100

The battleship Massachusetts, submarine Lionfish, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., are among the World War II vessels docked at this location. Visitors will enjoy tours of the vessels and related exhibits.
Hours: Year-round, daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16.50; seniors, $14.50; children aged 6-12, $10; children under age 6, free.
Information: www.battleshipcove.com/
La Salette Shrine

947 Park Street, Route 118 Attleboro, MA, 02703 Phone: 508-222-5410

These historic statuary gardens were designed as areas for meditation and worship. During the Christmas holiday a unique and decorative light display is offered. Information: www.lasalette-shrine.org
Fall River Carousel

At Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street Fall River, MA Phone: 508-678-1100

On the Fall River waterfront, this carousel was built in the 1920s and placed in Lincoln Park. It has been fully restored. It is located in a Victorian pavilion and has nearly 50 carved horses moving to classic carousel organ music.
Hours: Open seasonally.
Admission: $1 per ride or $5 for 7 rides
Information: www.battleshipcove.com/carousel.asp
Forefathers Monument

Allerton Street Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-746-1620

Monument to the pilgrims made out of solid granite. The largest of its kind in the United States. Free admission.
Mayflower Society Museum

4 Winslow Street Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-746-2590

The museum grounds host the 18th-century dwelling built by Edward Winslow. Behind the mansion are the offices and library of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The property overlooks a snug harbor where a reproduction of The Mayflower is moored.
Hours: Open occasionally; call ahead for hours of operation.
Information: www.themayflowersociety.com/museum
Winslow House

Careswell and Webster streets Marshfield, MA Phone: 617-837-5753

Built in 1699, this home served as Daniel Webster's law office in the 18th century. Of particular interest it the carriage house, featuring a stagecoach, phaeton and brougham. Guided tours cover the Winslow house and herb garden. On some dates the carriage shed and blacksmith shop may be open. Tours last one hour.
Hours: Early May-late October. Call ahead to arrange a tour.
Admission: Donations requested.