his Thanksgiving season, consider joining a small group of grateful families as we gather together in Plymouth Massachusetts to remember the Lord’s kindness and mercy, just as our Pilgrim Forefather’s did almost 400 years ago. Armed with great faith that upheld them through incredible trials that claimed half of them by the end of the first winter, these 104 hearty souls now have over 30 million descendants! Come spend the week learning, remembering and celebrating the providence of God in our nation’s founding and the birthplace of her spiritual heritage. This remarkable tour will include the celebration of Thanksgiving with a Pilgrim-style feast at Plimoth Plantation. We look forward to seeing you there!
Plimoth Plantation Reenactors
Plymouth Walking Tour
Pilgrim Thanksgiving Dinner
The U.S.S. Constitution
Plymouth Rock Monument
Distinctly Christian Historical Teaching
Concord’s Old North Bridge
Boston’s Freedom Trail
Included in This Tour
- Opening night welcome reception Monday, November 12
- Bonus day in Salem and Ipswich!
- Lunch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Thanksgiving period feast at the Plimoth Plantation Friday, November 17.
- Teaching from 4 top-notch historians: Bill Potter, Dr. Paul Jehle, Leo Martin and Richard Holland
- All venue admissions and guides throughout the tour
- Electronic headset receiver for ease of hearing guides
- Transportation on a top-of-the-line motor coach
- Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
- America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade Saturday, November 18
15% Early Bird Savings through September 30!
* 4 and under free if sitting on lap of family member.
We will begin our adventure Tuesday in Boston traversing the Freedom Trail, visiting ancient burial grounds at The Granary, Kings Chapel and Copp’s Hill, along with historic patriot gathering places like Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and Old South Meeting House telling the stories of the liberty, conspiracy and victory that forged our nation’s independence. We will finish at Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution, America’s oldest commissioned naval vessel and veteran of the War for Independence.
Wednesday, we will walk the battlefields where the first military engagements of the War for Independence were fought beginning with Lexington — site of the “shot heard ’round the world”. We will travel on to Concord and charge over the Old North Bridge, driving the British back where they came before, scaling Bunker Hill to hear the remarkable accounts of that singular battle in the heart of Boston.
You’ll return from your trip with a renewed sense of gratitude and respect for these true founding fathers who sacrificed all they had to forge the liberty we now enjoy.
Lexington and Concord
Thanksgiving is America’s holiday and Plymouth is the symbol of where our national celebration began. We will spend Thursday on a walking tour of Plymouth, exploring the many monuments and museums as our tour historians tell us of the brave men and women who seeded the country almost 400 years ago. We will learn about the people, places and events of the beginning of our country as we walk along Town Brook on the same paths our forefathers walked centuries ago. We will visit the grave sites of our ancestors and become acquainted with the thoughts of these remarkable people. Discover why the Pilgrims changed from communal living to land ownership, and how this change led to the beginning of free trade, industry and capitalism in our country. Hear about the relationship between the Pilgrims and Natives and how they worked together in support of each other. Stops include Burial Hill, Pilgrim Mothers Monument, Plymouth Rock, Brewster Gardens, Pilgrim Hall Museum and the National Monument to the Forefathers!
Friday we have a great day planned at Plimoth Plantation, the 17th-Century English Village re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims on the New England shore now inhabited by the best Pilgrim reenactors we know. We’re in for a real treat as we partake in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the New England trimmings among Pilgrim role players at Plimoth Plantation.
Reenactors in Character
Plymouth Rock Monument
Pilgrim Mothers Monument
* Photos of Plymouth Destinations Courtesy of TripAdvisor
Note: Schedule days and venues subject to change.
|7:00pm||Welcome Reception, Best Western Cold Springs in Plymouth
(Fruit, cheese, refreshments with introductions and tour overview)
|Tour Salem and Ipswich with Dr. Paul Jehle
(Adoniram Judson, Nathaniel Bowditch, Salem Witch Trials, Praying Indians)
|Freedom Trail in Boston!|
|Walking Tour Stops Include:
Boston Common, Granary Burying Grounds, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, King’s Chapel, Old South Meeting House, Commonwealth Books (premier antiquarian bookstore), Old State House, Site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
|The Battlefields of Freedom|
|Lexington Green, Old North Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill and USS Constitution|
|Walking Tour of Plymouth|
|Forefathers Monument, Burial Hill, Plymouth Rock, Pilgrim Mother Monument, William Bradford Monument, Jenney Museum, Cole’s Hill, Massasoit Statue, Pilgrim Hall Museum|
|Morning Free Time in Plymouth|
|Thanksgiving Period Feast with Pilgrims|
|10:00am||America’s Hometown Parade in Plymouth! (10am–2pm)|
We are working with the Best Western Cold Spring in Plymouth to secure rooms for our stay. Tour guests are welcome to book rooms wherever suits them best, however, bear in mind that on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the bus will depart from our headquarter hotel. While the tour officially ends on Friday, November 17, Plymouth’s fantastic Thanksgiving Parade takes place on Saturday, November 18, so you may consider staying over that night.
Alternative accommodation ideas can be found at VRBO.com and Airbnb.com where there are several houses and apartments to choose from. Guests are responsible for their own transportation around Plymouth.
Governor William Bradford
General Thomas Gage
King George, III
Rev. Cotton Mather
Major John Pitcairn
Pastor John Robinson
General Joseph Warren
Governor John Winthrop
Key Issues and Topics
The Mayflower Compact
The Virginia Company
The Old Deluder Satan Act
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Intolerable Acts
The Sons of Liberty
Writs of Assistance
- Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford
- John Winthrop, by Francis J. Bremer
- The Puritan Experiment, by Francis J. Bremer
- The Puritan Family, by Edmund Morgan
- The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728, by Robert Middlekauff
- Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were, by Leland Ranken
- The Guise of Every Graceless Heart, by Terrill Elniff
- The Minutemen and Their World, by Robert A. Gross
- Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill, by Thomas J. Fleming
- Paul Revere’s Ride, by David Hackett Fischer
- The Boston Campaign, by Victor Brooks
- Driven to Resistance, Vol. 1, by R.A. Sheats