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 Forefathers 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 102 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


Plymouth Rock Monument


Distinctly Christian Historical Teaching


Christian Fellowship


Militia Drill at Plimoth Plantation

Included in This Tour

  • All venue admission and guide fees throughout the tour.
  • New sites including Cape Cod and the 1684 Indian Meeting House
  • Walking tour of historic Plymouth
  • Teaching from 3 top-notch historians: Bill Potter, Dr. Paul Jehle, & Leo Martin
  • Thanksgiving period feast at the Plimoth Plantation Friday, November 20.
  • 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 21

Ticket Pricing Information

Adults (16+):TBA
Youth (6-15):TBA
Child (0-5*):TBA
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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.

 

Tour Highlights

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.

Tuesday, November 17
    Cape Cod! – Tour Stops Include:
Provincetown, First Encounter Beach, Pilgrim Monument, Old Indian Meeting House, Sacrifice Rock.
Wednesday, November 18
    Plymouth Tour – Part 1
    Tour Stops Include:
Mayflower Society, Mayflower II, William Bradford, Pilgrim Mothers Monument, Massasoit Statue, Coles Hill, Sarcophagus, Town Brook, Leyden House, Jenney Gristmill, Jenney Museum. 
Thursday, November 19
    Walking Tour of Plymouth – Part II  Tour Stops Include
    Forefathers Monument, Burial Hill, Jabez Howland House, First Parish Church, Pilgrim Hall Museum…
Friday, November 20
    Plimoth Plantation!
   
Morning Free Time in Plymouth
1620 Village and Thanksgiving Period Feast with Pilgrims
Saturday, November 21
    Parade!
    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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