We don’t mean to dismiss the significance of Plymouth Rock, aka the reputed site where Pilgrims disembarked the Mayflower in 1620. Minds may conjure images of an impressive, towering boulder situated before an expansive sea, imagining Pilgrims stepping foot onto the new land via this very rock many years ago.
In reality, Plymouth Rock is just that — a rock. Remnants of a rock, actually. While the original stone may have been quite grand, what remains is a much smaller piece of the boulder after years of moving locations, human interaction, and the natural effects of time. In fact, parts of the original rock are located in various locations, two of which can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Ironically, no early Pilgrim accounts even mention the landmark. It wasn’t until 1741 that Plymouth Rock was noted as historically significant, when Thomas Faunce, the son of an early settler, protested a project that would cover the rock and even gave it “a tearful goodbye.” Nevertheless, Plymouth Rock has endured, and if its number of annual visitors signifies anything, it remains an important symbol to many.
If the Thanksgiving season has you wanting to connect with history and make the ~50-minute trip to Plymouth Rock, we recommend checking out these spots while you’re there.
Make the ~1-minute walk from Plymouth Rock to the Pillory Pub for drinks and eats. Pro tip: Get the hot dog.
2023 Trellis Lighting | Monday, Nov. 20 | 5-6 p.m. | Christopher Columbus Park, 100 Atlantic Ave., Boston | Free | Head to the waterfront park for the first holiday lighting event of the season.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
View Boston x lululemon Yoga Class | Tuesday, Nov. 21-Wednesday, Nov. 22 | Times vary | View Boston, 800 Boylston St., Boston | $35 | This 60-minute morning class will provide panoramic views of the city while you flow.
“Elf” Trivia + Keg Tree Lighting Party | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Sam Adams Boston Taproom, 60 State St., Boston | Free | Stop at the downtown taproom ahead of the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting for a game of “Elf” trivia and specials like the Old Fezziwig holiday brew on draft.
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.
30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
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