Technically, this is supposed to be Thanksgiving at Plimonth Plantation, they host a week of period "Thanksgiving Dinners" during November, and while I may still attend one some day, I'm counting this.
Plimoth Plantation is basically a huge educational center that has recreated the English immigrant settlement and the native interaction with them. The theme throughout is Two Peoples, One Story. At the English settlement everything is period and the docents are "in character" as an actual original settler. I visited on a Sunday, and when I got to the village, everyone was in "church", so I started with some general walking around.
Free range chickens, also known as Sunday Dinner.
Taken with no zoom. Good thing, it was in a good mood!
Upstairs from the "church" - pray for peace and then cannonball the intruders!
Through the cannon slits - I know that is not what they're really called, but I also don't feel like looking it up. :)
From the top of the tower
After I walked through the English village, I walked down to the Native site. Here there are native people from a variety of local tribes (but mostly Wampanoag - they had the most interaction with the original settlers). They dress traditionally, but speak as themselves, today - this way they can discuss the past, present and future challenges and opportunities they have.
He's building a canoe, and looking good doing it! Actually, he was incredibly interesting and well-spoken. There was always a large crowd gathered around and he was able to give a lot of information and insight into his life today and his people's past practices and resources. One particularly addle-brained man asked him what reservation he was born on, and he responded with, "Yeah, I grew up on Cape Cod; I have a house there." It cracked me the hell up.
Also included as part of Plimoth Plantation is the Mayflower II. It is a full scale reproduction that was built in Devon, England and sailed across the Atlantic in the 50s. My impression is simply how miserable the voyage must have been. It was hot, it was cramped, it smelled bad, and it was surprisingly tiny. Like, seriously, tiny.
"Sleeping Quarters" I really doubt much actual, restful sleeping happened in these bunks.
Plymouth Rock - the landing site of the original Mayflower. Although, anyone who has been to P-town on the Cape knows that they originally landed there, and then went to mainland, Massachusetts.