Friday, June 27, 2014

A Day In the Life | A Trip Back to the 17th Century

Hello guys! Welcome back! Today I will be talking about our visit to Plimoth Plantation. I have been here a few times; the first time was when I went to Boston on our eighth grade trip. It was early summer and still a bit chilly. The second time was last summer and then the third time was this past Thanksgiving when I went with our family and it was COLD. This time, however, the weather was warm and pleasant. Personally, I enjoyed the experience the most when we went during the fall because Thanksgiving and Plimoth go together. The fires are blazing in the pilgrims’ homes and the Wampanoag homesite, your breath frosts in the cool air and everyone is bundled up. The atmosphere there and at that time is wonderful.

As a history buff, Plimoth Plantation is always a lot of fun and a great chance to explore history. People may think that history is boring, but that is probably due to only studying history in a classroom. History is not about memorizing facts; it is a chance to discover how people lived and how historic events influence current events. I love it when I can connect events spanning decades (Franco-Prussian War to World War II is an example).

After watching the introduction video, we walked down to the Wampanoag homesite. Everyone here speaks English and talks from a 21st century P.O.V..

Then we strolled along the “woodland path” to the village where everyone there is role-player speaking from the 17th century. The idea is to ask about their lives and their opinions. Sometimes they will ask what is happening back in England and you have to flounder for a response. Last summer we were asked this and Dad responded that the prince and princess had a baby, meaning William and Kate. The role-player was confused and thought we were crazy!

After a picnic lunch we headed to Nye Barn where they have rare breeds from the 17th century. But when we entered the barn we were surprised to a see a . . . llama. I know, a llama in a “17th century” barn. No one was there so we could not ask why a llama was with the goats. It is still a mystery.

At the gift store, I got some maple sugar candy that we ate last night. Let me tell you, they were delicious. If you don’t like sugar or maple syrup, however, you would not like these.

And that was our day! I hope that you had a great day and I will see you next time.

Thanks for reading!

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