Plimoth Plantation, Mystic Seaport Museum, dignitaries and the ship’s restoration team present the official launch and re-commissioning of Mayflower in an exciting public event. The program will feature an engaging presentation of speakers and entertainment as well as the ceremonial christening of the ship by a special guest before the ship is lowered into the Mystic River for the first time since her restoration began in November 2016! With an admission ticket to Mystic Seaport Museum, the public is invited to attend the launch. A live-stream of the ceremony is planned so people can view the launch on screen at Plimoth Cinema at Plimoth Plantation.
Join us for a festive community weekend that signals the start of a series of events for the newly restored Mayflower! This once-in-a-lifetime event features the casting of a magnificent new ship’s bell — an essential element for completing the restoration of the ship. The world-renowned Verdin Company is bringing their mobile bell foundry to Plimoth Plantation for a two-day bell casting and festival!
Participate in passing bronze ingots to the bell-makers, and watch the pouring of molten metal into the mold. On day two, watch as guests of honor take a swing at breaking the mold and then take your turn at ringing the beautiful new bell.
Enjoy food, music, expert narration of the bell-casting, and fun activities for children! The bell casting event is free to the public on both days but does not include admission to Plimoth Plantation.
Saturday, August 31st: 9:00am – 6:30pm – Festival & Bell Casting
Sunday, September 1st: 9:00am – 5:00pm – Festival, Breaking of the Mold, and the First Ring!
On Saturday, August 31, 2019, get a ticket to the hottest event in town! We’re putting the FUN in fundraiser with our Night of Fire & Wine – a sizzling soiree at the museum’s Peabody Pavillion overlooking the Eel River. Unexpected riparian delights await! Tickets are on sale now. Check our website for details.
Mayflower II returned home this week after spending the winter at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut undergoing an extensive restoration. Another $8 million and two years of work are still needed to complete the 50-year-old ship’s overhaul. Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation’s Deputy Executive Director, hopes that Mayflower II’s restoration will be completed in time for the 2020 […]Read More
#5: Mayflower II Returns to Plymouth She’s home! #MayflowerII Posted by Plymouth 400 on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 #4: Mayflower II Makes Her Way Home This #TravelTuesday, Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II is making her way back to Plymouth Harbor after undergoing… Posted by Plymouth 400 on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 #3: Pilgrims Land in Plymouth […]Read More
On December 21, 1620, the Pilgrims came ashore at Plymouth. After 66 days at sea and several weeks docked in Provincetown Harbor while the passengers explored Cape Cod, Mayflower finally docked in Plymouth on December 18th. On December 21st, the first expedition took the shallop ashore. Here are a few things you may not have […]Read More
395 years ago today, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 passengers onboard. Some accounts of the Mayflower voyage recall its departure date as September 6th. Why the discrepancy? The Pilgrims at the time were using the Julian Calendar, which is 10 days behind the Gregorian Calendar, which we use today. Here are […]Read More
According to Edward Winslow, one of the senior leaders on the Mayflower and author of A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England (Otherwise known as Mourt’s Relation), TWO dogs made the journey from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620. He referenced a small spaniel […]Read More
PLYMOUTH — Climb on board the Mayflower II, as she makes her return voyage from Buzzards Bay, through the Cape Cod Canal, into Cape Cod Bay and home to Plymouth Harbor. 4:30 a.m. We meet in the dark, in the upper parking lot at Plimoth Plantation. For the Mayflower’s long awaited return it is […]Read More