Plymouth Rock

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
(508) 746-4344
Plymouth Rock - Plymouth Rock portico

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Smaller, and a little dissapointing May 28, 2010
Not far south from Boston Massachusetts is where you can visit Plymouth Rock. This is what is called the landing site of the Mayflower with William Bradford and the first pilgrims in 1620. But it is only a story, as there were no mentions of a rock for more than a hundred years. It was placed into a covered structure in 1867 until 1920. And apparently the rock has been moved and even cut in half from its original, but it now sits out of visitors reach down at sea level within a Roman Doric portico which was built for it on its 300th anniversary in 1920. It had to be placed away from visitors because over the years the public managed to chip off piece after piece leaving what today is only about one third of the original. Personally, I was quite disappointed in the site and felt it lacked information or people to answer questions as we had heard there were.
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sUrAbUyA says:
Yep my reaction was the same as yours. Neat to see but a bit disappointing. Not what I expected. Did you get to the cemetery near these with a lot of the famous people?
Posted on: Feb 16, 2011
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The landing place of the pilgrams in the year 1620. Jan 29, 2009
Was a very good place to visit. Especially if you are in to History. The guides were very nice and everybody was very friendly. This is a place that will be visited again in the future.
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Very Historic Rock Oct 16, 2008
Plymouth Rock has two things going for it. First, we learned all about it (but, what we learned was wrong) in elementary school. That carved it permanently into our psyche. When we hear Plymouth Rock it brings back memories not so much of American History, but a simpler time in our own lives. The second thing Plymouth Rock has going for it is that it is free. If you are in Plymouth, you can walk up to it and stare to your heart’s content for hours on end, and at any time of the day or night. However, both of those points burn away quick as you realize that Plymouth Rock is just a boulder sitting in the sand. Granted it is a much revered boulder, with an impressive portico built around it. But, it is still a rock.

With those facts established, you should visit anyway. Visiting Plymouth Rock is one of those things that every American should see, especially if you are in town. It doesn’t have the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, or the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. What it does have is bucket loads of symbolism. It is like visiting your great-grandparents grave. You do it to pay your respect to those who came before you.

Visiting the Rock doesn’t take long, and it will give you an opportunity to tour the Plymouth waterfront. Just do it.
Plymouth Rock portico
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