Paying Tribute
The images on this page are from the recreated settlement, Plimoth Plantation.  It is
one of the most impressive living history villages in the world.  The curators of Plimoth
Plantation have done, and continue to do, intensive study to insure the accuracy of
even the smallest details of this recreated 1620's Plimoth Colony.  Above and bottom
right, a recreation of the meeting house which once stood on what's now known as
Burial Hill, a short distance away from Plimoth Plantation.
Left, the settlement's baking oven
Left, recreation of a gravemarker from the 1600's
A Wampanoag Native American hut
Right, an original chair from Governor Bradford's house
Above, Governor Bradford's Prayer Book
The dangers were great, but not desperate; the
difficulties were many, but not invincible...their ends
were good and honorable...and therefore they might
expect the blessing of God.  
-- William Bradford
Above and below, recreated home of Governor Bradford at Plimoth Plantation
Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA; above, ca. 1930; below, current
Governor Bradford's monument
Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor
My 8-g-grandfather, Edward Doty's oil
; on exhibit at Pilgrim Hall
From Governor William Bradford's Journal, his entry on their safe arrival:

"Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed ye God
of heaven, who had brought them over ye vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all ye periles and
miseries thereof, againe to set their feete on ye firme and stable earth.  And no marvel if they were thus
joyefull.  I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amased at this poore people's presente condition.  
Being thus passed ye vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation, they had now no friends to
wellcome them, nor inns to refresh their weatherbeaten bodys, no houses to repaire to, to seeke for
succoure.  What could not sustaine them but ye spirite of God and his grace?  Ought not the children of these
fathers rightly say:  Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish
in this willderness; but they cried unto ye Lord, and he heard their voyce, and looked on their adversitie..."
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Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA

It was on this hill that the Mayflower's passengers first settled and built their
meeting house and fort.  It was here they established a cemetery.  The residents of
Plymouth continued to use this hilltop burying ground for over 300 years.   My
8-g-grandfather, Edward Doty, a passenger on the
Mayflower, is buried here.
It's to him - and to the other Pilgrims and Adventurers of Plymouth Colony -
that I pay tribute.  -- Nancy