NOTE: We’ve converted our Plymouth Tour to a Car Tour! The cost of coaches has exponentially increased while the supply has dramatically decreased since 2020, so converting to cars saves money for everyone, and adds great flexibility for exploration in your free time! We have rented the meeting room at the Best Western Cold Springs for evening fellowship and fun, so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy one another.

Event Summary

We’re headed to Plymouth this fall to celebrate the landing of the Pilgrims in the place it all started, and you’re invited! Bring your family and drink deeply of the true history of the founding of America. You will find that, as bad as things seem now, we haven’t experienced anything near what those 102 souls endured that landed in Plymouth. The harsh climate, savage neighbors and starvation killed half of them the first year, and yet they assembled, along with invited Indian guests, the following harvest season specifically to give thanks to the Lord!

There is something special that happens when you walk the paths those Pilgrims walked and hear the accounts of their struggles, failures and victories. You gain perspective. What is really important rises to the top of your mind and the balm of gratitude calms the angst and anger of today, freeing you to press on in your duties tomorrow with a renewed spirit. Travel with our band of hearty souls as we explore the sites and stories that laid the foundation of our country. You will be glad you did.

Today’s narrative—based on a fictitious view of history—mourns the Pilgrims arrival, describing it as the initiation of genocide on the Indians 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 Meeting House

Mayflower Compact Monument

First Encounter Beach

We will mark the 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.

Mayflower II

Monuments

Cole’s Hill

We will go to the Forefathers Monument, the best kept 81-foot-tall solid granite secret in Plymouth, and out to nearby Duxbury where John and Priscilla Alden established a church plant as the Gospel took root and began to spread throughout the area. Courageous Miles Standish kept law and order in the early years and is buried alongside the Aldens in Duxbury.

National Monument to the Forefathers

John Alden Homestead

Miles Standish Sites

Probably the best “living history” venue we have experienced. The site is superbly crafted, transporting you back to 1627 and the reenactors are fantastic. The people you will meet are living in the year 1627. They don’t know anything beyond that year, but they are incredibly well versed in their character and the time period so conversations with these Pilgrim is both entertaining and educational.

1623 English Village

Wampanoag Indian Village

Period Thanksgiving Feast*

For 25 years, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have traveled to the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. The perfect way to cap off the week.

America’s Hometown Parade

Parade Speeches

Parade Floats

They’ve stolen our history—we’re taking 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

Harvest Feast Menu

Harvest Feast at Plimoth Patuxet!

Friday we have a great day planned at Plimoth Patuxet, 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!…

* Minimum of 30 guests required for Pilgrim Feast. Alternate dinner venue if under 30.

Ticket Information

Included in This Tour

  • All teaching from a biblical perspective
  • All venue entrance fees
  • All guide fees and gratuities
  • Wireless audio system so you don’t miss a word!
  • Legendary Landmark Tour quiz with neat prizes!
  • Period Thanksgiving feast at Plimoth Patuxet Friday evening!*
  • Lunch at Leyden House
  • Sweet fellowship and memories that will last a lifetime!

* Minimum of 30 guests required for Pilgrim Feast. Alternate dinner venue if under 30.

Ticket Pricing

Adults (16+):$599
Youth (5-15):$499

Event Speakers

Historian Bill Potter

An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.

Historian Bill Potter

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, has been called “the last God-fearing guide in historic Plymouth, MA”. While so many others are taking God out of the history books, Leo maintains that the Pilgrims and Founding Fathers established “one nation under God”, founded on Judeo-Christian values. A true patriot and historian, Leo Martin 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. He was a speaker at the Glenn Beck rally “Man in the Moon” in July, a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City tornado victims, speaking on his book Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness. As well as giving historic tours of Plymouth, Leo speaks around the country on a variety of subjects relating to the Pilgrims and the founding of our country. 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 15
  Cape Cod!
Tour Stops Include: Provincetown, First Encounter Beach, Pilgrim Monument, Old Indian Meeting House.
Wednesday, November 16
  Plymouth!
Tour Stops Include: Mayflower II ship, William Bradford statue, Pilgrim Mothers Monument, Massasoit Statue, Coles Hill, Sarcophagus, Town Brook, Leyden House, Jenney Gristmill, Jenney Museum & Burial Hill.
Thursday, November 17
  Plymouth/Duxbury!
Tour Stops Include: Forefathers Monument, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Miles Standish Grave, John and Priscilla Alden House and burial site, Standish Monument…
Friday, November 18
  Plimoth Patuxet!
Morning Time in Plymouth
1620 Village and Thanksgiving Period Feast with Pilgrims
Saturday, November 19
  America’s Hometown Parade!
America’s Hometown Parade Returns!
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Accommodations

Best Western Cold Springs

180 Court Street Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
(508) 746-2222

Two-Queen deluxe room or King bed room $127.99 plus taxes per night. Suites are $25 per night extra.

Click here to book your reservations.

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.

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