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Exhibit Hours:  Tuesday-Sunday:  11am-4pm (Closed Mondays)

The Alden Kindred of America is creating a permanent archaeological exhibit about historical icons and Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, based on new scholarship that brings to light their lives in 17th century Duxbury against the backdrop of Plymouth Colony.

The nationally significant artifacts, unearthed in a dig of the first Alden home site in 1960 by historical archaeologist Roland W. Robbins, include household materials, personal items, rare armaments, and tools, along with Native American artifacts. Most of the artifacts have never been shown before. A recent analysis of the recovered ceramic artifacts sheds new light on the Aldens’ everyday lives and a rare glimpse of the world of 17th-century women in Plymouth Colony.

As part of the original agreement with the Mayflower’s investors, the Pilgrims were awarded grants of land in Plymouth Colony seven years after the voyage. In 1628, the Aldens and other Mayflower families moved to their lands located north of the Plymouth settlement (now Duxbury). There they built homes, farmed, and raised their children. This first Alden House in Duxbury, occupied between 1630 and 1680, was dismantled by the Aldens and rebuilt about 300 yards to the west (the current Alden House).

 

The Jenney Interpretive Centre is OPEN!  Please visit their website for ticketing. 

The Jenney Interpretive Centre presents a 45-minute interpretive tour of the National Monument to the Forefathers. This 81-foot statue tells the whole Pilgrim story, why they left England, how they governed themselves, and more. Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the Jenney, takes tourists around the statue, explaining the rich history of the Pilgrim story dressed in period costume. He begins with the Pilgrims’ journey from England to Plymouth, bringing to life their stories of faith, their struggles, their beliefs about family life, education, law and liberty, and more.  The National Monument to the Forefathers is thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 508-747-4544.  The tour begins at the Jenney Interpretive Centre, located at 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. (No tours on Sundays).

 

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