This tour has been cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions. You may consider one of our Fall 2020 tours after the pandemic has passed. June 26-30

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.

Event Summary

Mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims on the ground where it all took place, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We will walk the streets, ship decks and cemeteries 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 Native congregation continues to propagate the Gospel today.

You will also participate in the “Official Maritime Salute” sponsored by the Massachusetts 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!

Included in This Tour

  • Opening night meet & greet Thursday, June 25
  • Distinctly Christian interpretation from Dr. Paul Jehle, Bill Potter and others
  • All venue admissions and guide fees throughout the tour
  • Farewell Banquet Tuesday, June 30th (with legendary Landmark quiz and prizes!)
  • Seafood lunch on town tour!
  • Access to discounted hotel rates
  • Wireless audio guiding system so you don’t miss a word
  • Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
  • Plenty of free time and flexibility to explore your interests
  • Private room for optional evening discussion and fellowship time

Ticket Information

$649 $584.10 Adults (16+)
$599 $539.10 Youth (5-15)
FREE Child (0-4)

*Please note that free children are expected to share meals and ride on the lap of a family member on the coach.

Tour Highlights

Note: We are awaiting final details for many of the state and local activities, that will impact our final schedule. Not to worry, we have plenty of great options to plug in between the larger events to insure you get the very most from this unique event! Just a few of the sites we will be visiting during the tour:

Tour the Tall Ships & perhaps cruise the harbor!

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Mayflower II

Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth Rock

Forefathers Monument

Mashpee Meetinghouse

Pilgrim Sarcophagus on Cole’s Hill

Burial Hill

Jenney Gristmill and Museum

Provincetown Monument and Museum

William Bradford Monument

They’ve stolen our history—help us take it back!

Two days of the Official Plymouth 400th Anniversary Tours will be led primarily by local Native American guides who, based on a fictitious view of history, mourn the Pilgrims arrival, describing it as the initiation of genocide on their people and theft of their land. Our tour is based on source documents and will take a different route, traveling to sites like the Mashpee Meeting House, where grateful Natives first converted under Richard Bourne have been preaching the gospel continuously for almost 400 years.


Mashpee Meetinghouse, 1684 and “Day of Mourning” plaque in town square

Event Schedule
Note: Schedule days and venues subject to change.  *State or local organization activity

Note: We are awaiting final details for many of the state and local activities that will impact our final schedule. Not to worry, we have plenty of great options to plug in between the larger events to insure you get the very most from this unique event! As soon as their schedule is set, we will fill in ours. Particular attention has been taken to avoid inordinate crowds at popular attractions during this hugely popular weekend by scheduling our visits when the crowds have died down a bit.

*State or local organization activity.  For information regarding “Official” state-sponsored activities, go to Plymouth 400 Commemoration. PC Warning: Many of the state-sponsored activities present an incomplete or inaccurate view of the actual historical events. The atmosphere and activities will be grand and well worth attending, just be discerning and lean on your Landmark guides to glean the truth from chaff.

Thursday, June 25
8:00pm   Meet & Greet
Introductions, Orientation and equipment distribution
Friday, June 26
    Cape Cod Coach Tour
Richard Bourne sites / Mashpee Meeting House / Pilgrim Monument / Provincetown Museum
Saturday, June 27
    Plymouth Walking Tour
(sites and duration contingent on state and local activities)
    Tour tall ships*
7:00pm   Coast Guard band Performance*
8:15pm   Lighted boat parade in harbor*
9:15pm   Fireworks show over Plymouth Harbor*
    New England Lobster Bake: Advance purchase only, limited opportunity. Seating at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm*
Sunday, June 28
    Plymouth Walking Tour
(sites and duration contingent on state and local activities)
10:15am   Pilgrims’ Progress costumed traditional procession & service*
    Narrated re-enactment of the Pilgrims’ Landing:*
4:00pm   Parade of Sail (as visiting ships depart)*
5:00pm   Honoring the faith of the Pilgrims at the Forefather Monument *
    New England Lobster Bake: Advance purchase only, limited opportunity. Seating at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm*
Monday, June 29
9:00am   Plymouth Walking Tour
    Mayflower
    Jenney Gristmill
    Pilgrim Hall Museum
    Jabez Howland House
7:00pm   Why the Pilgrims Came—A Dramatic musical re-telling of the faith of the Pilgrims, Veterans Hall*
Tuesday, June 30
    Plimoth Plantation
    The Landing of the Pilgrims—A reenactment of the landing of the Pilgrims with narration and thematic music, featuring local historic societies on the waterfront*
    Farewell Banquet (with legendary Landmark quiz and prizes!)

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. Reserve your room by calling 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.

King Bed Room
Thursday:$144.49
Friday-Saturday:$208.24
Sunday-Tuesday:$157.24
Maximum 2 persons per room – adults and children
Standard – Two Queen Beds
Thursday:$135.99
Friday-Saturday:$199.74
Sunday-Tuesday:$148.74
Maximum 4 persons per room – adults and children
Deluxe – Two Queen Beds
Thursday:$152.99
Friday-Saturday:$216.74
Sunday-Tuesday:$165.74
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.

Nearest Airport
  • Boston Logan Airport: About an hour north of Plymouth – double that at rush hour. 
  • Travel Tip: Southwest Airlines often has GREAT rates if you book in advance. No charge for bags, no penalties for changing your reservations. They are NOT on Expedia, Travelocity and the other 3rd-party web sites, so you need to go directly to their site, but worth checking.
Transportation Options from Boston Logan Airport

There are three options we recommend, depending on your preferences.

  1. Rental Car: While not necessary, a car provides you with great flexibility and freedom, particularly in the evenings and Tuesday morning. The waterfront is less than ½ mile from the Best Western and there are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Free parking available at the Best Western.
  2. Plymouth Brockton Shuttle Bus: Leaves Boston Logan airport and drops off at Plymouth Park & Ride – Rte 3 – Exit 5 (Long Pond Rd) – behind the Information Center. Adults $22 / Children (5-12) $11. Round trip is $40 adult / $20 child. Take cab from Exit 5, they are usually at the Info Center or call Pilgrim Taxi at (774) 269-3709 for the 10-minute ride to the hotel.
  3. Train: Take free shuttle bus ( Silver Line SL1) from all arrival terminals at Boston Logan to South Station (15-minute ride with about 4-6 stops depending where you get on). Take Commuter Rail Kingston / Plymouth line from South Station to Plymouth Station. $11.50 per person. Take cab from Plymouth Station, they are already there waiting for the train, to Best Western, or call Pilgrim Taxi at (774) 269-3709 for the 10-minute ride to the hotel.
What to Wear
  • Our desire is to communicate charity and respect to those around us by dressing modestly in coverage and fit whether we are on the battlefield or in the banquet room. Jeans and shorts are fine, as are appropriate t-shirts.
  • Consider period dress for a day or two, even if it is just a hat. You will be amazed the impact it makes on you and others as you walk the same ground in the same attire as our predecessors, and it’s a lot of fun! Saturday, Monday and Tuesday are particularly good opportunities for Pilgrim garb in Plymouth. You will likely be be barraged with questions if you dress up—it’s a great opportunity to share the truth!
What to Bring
  • Earbuds or headphones, hat, comfortable walking shoes as we will walk a lot, journal, camera, umbrella. We provide a wireless audio receiver and disposable earbuds that allow you to hear the guide’s voice in your ear. Many folks prefer to bring their own earbuds or headphones.
Dietary Restrictions
  • We will communicate dietary restrictions to the relevant venues so they can prepare our meals accordingly.
What to Expect
  • The general protocol for our days will be instruction on the bus or while walking to our venues, a brief explanation/interpretation at the venue and then a time to explore on your own or take the “house tour”. Our emphasis will be on the hearty souls that forged a nation out of wilderness and God’s work through them in the establishment of our country. We refer you to the local docents and literature to inform the more brute facts such as the height of the steeple or materials the bricks were made of.

Study Preparation

Key People

  • Governor William Bradford
  • William Brewster
  • Miles Standish
  • John Robinson
  • Edward Winslow
  • Squanto
  • Miles Standish
  • Sachem Massasoit
  • King Phillip
  • Samoset

Key Issues and Topics

  • The Doctrine of Providence
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Wampanoag Confederacy
  • Plymouth Plantation
  • The City on a Hill
  • Commonwealth
  • Richard Bourne

Suggested Reading

  • Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford
  • Mourt’s Relation, by Edward Winslow
  • John Winthrop, by Francis J. Bremer
  • The Puritan Experiment, by Francis J. Bremer
  • The Puritan Family, by Edmund Morgan
  • Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were, by Leland Ryken
  • The Guise of Every Graceless Heart, by Terrill Elniff

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