Event Summary

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, MA and we are inviting you to join us June 26-30 as we celebrate on the ground where it all took place. We will take you to the iconic landmarks you’ve always heard of and to many more that will be new to you. We will walk the streets of Plymouth telling the stories of those 104 souls that arrived in the winter of 1620 and the profound legacy they left for us. We will go to the Forefather’s Monument, the best kept 81’ tall solid granite secret in Plymouth and to remarkable sites on Cape Cod where Richard Bourne planted churches including the historic Mashpee Meetinghouse that began in 1670 and whose congregation continues to propagate the Gospel today.

You will also be able to participate in the “Official Maritime Salute” sponsored by the MA State Commission. Scheduled activities include musical entertainment, vendors, educational tents, food trucks, maritime parade, military presentations and a New England Lobster bake! Our friends Dr. Paul Jehle of the Plymouth Rock Foundation and Jerry Perera of Leyden Preservation Trust are also planning great events at the Forefather’s Monument, Veterans Hall and along the waterfront! It’s going to be a week to remember!

Note: We are awaiting final details of the state and local activities that will determine pricing and schedule. In the meantime, we have secured rooms for the week and a coach for our trip to Cape Cod so we will be ready to go just as soon as we get word from Plymouth. Stay tuned!

Included in This Tour

  • Walking tour of Plymouth
    • Mayflower II
    • Plymouth Rock
    • Pilgrims Mother Monument
    • William Brewster Statue
    • Forefather Monument
    • Plimoth Plantation
    • Pilgrim Hall Museum
    • Town Brook
    • Burial Hill
    • Massasoit Monument
    • Pilgrim Sarcophagus
    • Much more!
  • Maritime parade in Plymouth Harbor
  • Tall Ship tours
  • Military band performances
  • New England Lobster Bake
  • Dramatic presentations
  • Cape Cod Tour
  • Mashpee 1670 meeting House
  • First landing reenactment
  • Christian interpretation
  • Source document sources
  • Memories for a lifetime

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Tour the Tall Ships & perhaps cruise the harbor!

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Mayflower II

Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth Rock

Forefathers Monument

Plymouth Parade

Pilgrim Sarcophagus

Burial Hill

Oooohhh!!! We loved our Plymouth/Boston trip with you guys! As far as we’re concerned, hanging out with Landmark Events would always be our first school choice!!” —Patrice D.


Please Note: We need 35 people to register by September 25 to make the trip work, so please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.


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


Best Parade in the USA!


Plymouth Walking Tour


Pilgrim Thanksgiving Dinner


Plimoth Plantation Reenactors


The U.S.S. Constitution


Plymouth Rock Monument


Distinctly Christian Historical Teaching


Christian Fellowship


Concord’s Old North Bridge


Boston’s Freedom Trail


Militia Drill at Plimoth Plantation

Included in This Tour

  • All venue admission and guide fees throughout the tour
  • Lunch Wednesday and Thursday
  • Thanksgiving period feast at the Plimoth Plantation Friday, November 22.
  • Teaching from 3 top-notch historians: Bill Potter, Dr. Paul Jehle, & Leo Martin
  • Wireless 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 23

Ticket Pricing Information

Groups of 6 or more save 10%!

Adults (16+):$499
Youth (6-15):$449
Child (0-5*):FREE
* 5 and under free if sitting on lap of family member.
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Please note: We need 35 people* to register by September 25 to make the trip work, so please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. We will notify you immediately when the threshold is reached. Next year is the 400th anniversary of the landing in Plymouth and prices will be significantly higher, so this great opportunity won’t last long. Register today!
* 100% of registration costs will be refunded by September 27 if we do not get enough people.


Important Airline and Hotel Information
Airline reservations: We recommend considering Southwest Airlines for your travel for a number of reasons: 2 free bags / No change fees / Great flexibility. Note that Southwest does not participate in Expedia, Travelocity and other 3rd party agencies so you need to book direct with them. I just booked my flights from Nashville to Boston for $82 and Boston to Nashville for $59 (8/29/2019). If the trip doesn’t happen I will cancel my flights and get full credit toward any future flight before 8/29/2020. We don’t work for Southwest, we just know they do a good job and have served us well over the years.

Hotel: The Best Western Cold Springs allows free cancellations 48 hours prior to arrival, so we recommend you lock in your room when you register for the tour as you can always cancel it if we wind up not going.

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.


Firing a Broadside on the USS Constitution


Revere Square in Boston


Granary Burying Ground — Resting Place of 3 Signers of the Declaration of 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.


Charging across Concord’s Old North Bridge!


Minute Man Monument at Lexington Green


Freedom flag relay on Lexington Green!

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!


The Sarcophagus — One of the Stops on Our Walking Tour


With Dr. Jehle at The Forefathers Monument


Deep Discussion with a Pilgrim!

Harvest Feast Menu

Harvest Feast at Plimoth Plantation!

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.


Farewell Feast… Pilgrim Style!


When in Plymouth!…

The Tour was fantastic! I had exceptionally high expectations entering the tour and you managed to exceed even this high bar! Well done Landmark Events!! I highly recommend [these tours] to others seeking to learn more of the Godly heritage and the providential history of sacrificial actions that have been handed down to our generation of Americans.” —Scott Z.

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Event Speakers

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.

Historian Bill Potter

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.

Dr. Paul Jehle

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.

Leo Martin

Event Schedule

Note: Schedule days and venues subject to change.

Monday, November 18

7:30pm   Meet and Greet, Best Western Cold Springs in Plymouth
(Introductions, audio sets and tour overview)
Tuesday, November 19
    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 20
    The Battlefields of Freedom
    Lexington Green, Old North Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill and USS Constitution
Thursday, November 21
    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 22
    Plimoth Plantation
    Morning Free Time in Plymouth
    Thanksgiving Period Feast with Pilgrims
Saturday, November 23
10:00am    America’s Hometown Parade in Plymouth! (10am–2pm)
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Accommodations

We have secured the rooms at the Best Western Cold Spring in Plymouth. Tour guests are welcome to book rooms wherever suits them best, however, bear in mind that on  Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the bus will depart from our headquarter hotel, and we will also host our after dinner discussions in the meeting room there. While the tour officially ends on Friday, November 22, Plymouth’s fantastic Thanksgiving Parade takes place on Saturday, November 23, so you may consider staying over that night. Special rates are good through October 6th or while rooms last.

Reserve your room online here or call the property directly at 508-746-2222 and ask for the Landmark Events rate.   
 
King Bed Room
Sunday–Thursday:$182.99
Friday–Saturday:$182.99
Maximum 2 persons per room – adults and children
Standard – Two Queen Beds
Sunday–Thursday:$124.99
Friday–Saturday:$172.99
Maximum 4 persons per room – adults and children
Deluxe – Two Queen Beds
Sunday–Thursday:$144.99
Friday–Saturday:$192.99
Maximum 4 persons per room – adults and children

All rates based on single/double occupancy (plus 11.7% lodging tax). Additional person in a room, 12 and over, after the first two: $20.00 per night.

Reserve your room online here or call the property directly at 508-746-2222 and ask for the Landmark Events rate.   

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 Ryken
  • 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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