Plymouth 2017-07-12T17:37:23+00:00

Event Summary

 

This 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


Plimoth Plantation Reenactors


Plymouth Walking Tour


Pilgrim Thanksgiving Dinner


Christian Fellowship


The U.S.S. Constitution


Plymouth Rock Monument


Distinctly Christian Historical Teaching


Lexington Green


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

Ticket Pricing

15% Early Bird Savings through September 30!
Child (0-5) Free*
Youth (6-15) $575 $499
Adult (16+) $675 $599

* 4 and under free if sitting on lap of family member.

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Tour Highlights

Boston

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


King’s Chapel


Copp’s Hill

Plymouth

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together. And… by the goodness of God we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” —Edward Winslow, 1621

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.


Plimoth Plantation


Reenactors in Character


Plymouth Rock Monument


Pilgrim Mothers Monument


Burial Hill

* Photos of Plymouth Destinations Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Event Speakers

Historian Bill Potter

Historian Bill Potter

Historian Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Leading tours of American and European historical sites, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a gifted communicator, bringing to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. A seasoned researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published numerous short books, as well as many articles and book reviews. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.

Dr. Paul Jehle

Dr. Paul Jehle

An ardent student of history, Dr. Paul Jehle serves as the Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, an organization dedicated to the remembrance of the Pilgrims and the Christian heritage that was forged in the wake of their influential devotion to God and the Bible. Paul has travelled across the nation and to a number of foreign countries, hosting seminars and teaching on America’s Pilgrim and Patriot heritage. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Barrington College, and a Doctorate degree in Education from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Paul began giving walking tours of Plymouth and its monuments in 1978, and in 2004 he published Plymouth in the Words of Her Founders for visitors to the Plymouth area, allowing the Pilgrims to interpret the monuments erected in their honor through their own words. Dr. Jehle also serves on Plymouth’s 2020 Commission in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims. Paul and his wife, Charlene, have two grown children.

Richard Holland

Richard Holland

Born and raised in Boston, Richard Holland founded CTB Tours in 1994 after performing tours locally and abroad for over 20 years. In addition to earning a Masters in Education from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he is a perpetual student of colonial and recent history of Boston. His depth of knowledge and passion for providential history translate into tours that are entertaining and educational, making history come alive.

Leo Martin

Leo Martin

Leo Martin, an educator and expert on the early history of our nation, is a true patriot and compelling tour guide, who has been ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for the past seven years. Leo is the Education Director at the Jenney Museum in Plymouth, MA, where he is known for his service giving historical tours and lectures dressed in Pilgrim costume. He is a champion of our nation’s founding values displayed in the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. A sought-after speaker, his book Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness describes the various kinds of liberty brought in seed form by the Pilgrims to Plymouth. Leo and his wife Nancy have been married for forty years, have three grown children and four grandchildren. They have been working together at the Jenney Museum in Plymouth for the past 12 years preserving the Christian heritage of our country.

Event Schedule

Note: Schedule days and venues subject to change.

Sunday, November 12
7:00pm   Welcome Reception, Best Western Cold Springs in Plymouth
(Fruit, cheese, refreshments with introductions and tour overview)
Monday, November 13
    Tour Salem and Ipswich with Dr. Paul Jehle
(Adoniram Judson, Nathaniel Bowditch, Salem Witch Trials, Praying Indians)
Tuesday, November 14
    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
Wednesday, November 15
    The Battlefields of Freedom
    Lexington Green, Old North Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill and USS Constitution
Thursday, November 16
    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
Friday, November 17
    Plimoth Plantation
    Morning Free Time in Plymouth
    Thanksgiving Period Feast with Pilgrims
Saturday, November 18
10:00am    America’s Hometown Parade in Plymouth! (10am–2pm)

Accommodations

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.

Study Preparation

Key People

John Adams
Samuel Adams
Governor William Bradford
William Brewster
General Thomas Gage

King George, III
John Hancock
Sachem Massasoit
Rev. Cotton Mather
James Otis

King Phillip
Major John Pitcairn
Paul Revere
Pastor John Robinson
Betsy Ross
Squanto
Miles Standish
General Joseph Warren
Mercy Warren
Governor John Winthrop

Key Issues and Topics

The Doctrine of Providence
The Mayflower Compact
The Virginia Company
Wampanoag Confederacy
The City on a Hill
Commonwealth
The Old Deluder Satan Act
Colonial Charter
Township Selectmen
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Intolerable Acts
The Sons of Liberty
The Stamp Act
Writs of Assistance
Plymouth Plantation
Continental Congress

Suggested Reading

  • 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
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