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

Early Bird pricing below good through Sept 16.

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

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

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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

Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020 – America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Concerts

Saturday, November 21
    Parade!
    America’s Hometown Parade in Plymouth! (10am–2pm)
     
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Accommodations

Hotel 1620
(180 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360)

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel 1620—the best location in town, overlooking the harbor. Call the hotel directly at (508) 747-4900 and request the Landmark Events rate, or reserve online and enter the code “Landmark” in the “promo code” box. If you choose to stay elsewhere, keep in mind that the coach will leave from the Hotel 1620 for Cape Cod on Tuesday, and we will host our optional after-dinner discussions at the hotel. Being able to walk to the venues in Plymouth is important to us and the 1620 is situated 100 yards from the bay! We recommend you make your reservations soon as the town will be filling fast for this historic event. Rooms must be reserved by September 16 to take advantage of the discount.

Room Rates

Monday-Thursday – $139/night*
Friday & Saturday – $169/night*


* $20.00 per person additional charge for third and fourth adult in room.

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

  • 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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