Erik's trip to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Baltimore June and July, 2014

June 20 Friday Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts
Day 3

We took off from Belmont, MA early this morning and drove south to Plymouth, MA were the early Pilgrims on the Mayflower landed on the new continent. The Plimoth Plantation is preserved as it was during the 17th century, complete with a Native American village and a colonial Pilgrims village. The Wampanoag Indian village has representatives from the current Wampanoag tribe, dressed as they would have been in the 17th century, and the Pilgrims Village is similarly staffed with people of European descent dressed as they would have been during that era.
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We visited the Plimoth Plantation

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Wampanoag Indian mother and child. Her baby is in a traditional bundling board covered with furs

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Erik with a cardboard cutout of a Wampanoag indian brave

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inside of a Wampanoag bark-covered home

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some of the homes are covered with grasses

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grass matting covers the walls, and furs are spread on the seating and sleeping areas

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Arthur and Erik outside a bark covered home under construction

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Erik, Martha, and Arthur at the start of the colonial town

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Erik and Martha at the entrance to the colonists' area of Plimoth Plantation

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living room with a baby cradle, chest, and an armored breastplate

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Arthur relaxes at the table

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cooking area in the main room

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when not in use chairs were sometimes suspended on the wall to save space

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finished homes with wood siding

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colonist's house under construction with a vegetable and herb garden

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making peas and biscuits for the noontime main meal of the day

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Arthur and Erik once again have to wait for poky Grandma

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Erik poses with one of the musket-carrying colonists

After leaving the main plantation, we went to the dock of the town of Plymouth to see their replica of the Mayflower

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costumed crewman telling us sea yarns

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map of the families that were on the Mayflower and their origination points. We believe that Erik is related through his paternal grandmother to the Hopkins families from Hampshire and London, and is related through his maternal grandmother to Elizabeth Tilley from Bedfordshire.

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Erik manages to squeeze himself into any nook or cranny

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Erik in another cranny

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This tiny platform area was meant for an entire family to live in — a family that might consist of 6 people!

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after leaving the Mayflower II, we went along the dockside to Plymouth Rock

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That night we went to a really interesting Cuban restaurant. Erik made do with rice and goldfish

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It was very nondescript and small, and most historians think that a ship would never have tried to land near there anyway

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Deirdre’s apartment in Belmont, MA: Martha, Erik, Nick, Gillian, Deirdre, Arthur