Pilgrim Hall

As I revisit Plymouth this week to soak up the history of the town’s role our country’s history, one important stop is Pilgrim Hall. Today Plymouth is a thriving community of around 60,000 people. In 1620 the population had been reduced from 102 Mayflower passengers to the fifty-one who lived through the first grueling winter. These English survivors established their new Plimoth Plantation on the site of an abandoned Patuxet village. A pandemic had swept through […]

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Mayflower II

This week and next I return to Plymouth and Provincetown where I did some of the research for Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures. Our first stop is Plimoth Plantation – recently renamed Plimoth Patuxet to acknowledge the community’s name when Indigenous people occupied the area. Plimoth Patuxet is a living museum. People dressed in period outfits talk about their lives in the 17th century. Today there is an in-door museum and theatre and […]

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Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins – Mayflower Survivors

The Stephen Hopkins Family traveled to Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower in 1620. Stephen and Elizabeth are one of the more famous and fascinating pair among the eighteen couples on board. Stephen traveled with his second wife, Elizabeth Fisher Hopkins, and three children. Elizabeth was pregnant with a fourth child when they boarded the ship. This was Stephen’s second cross-Atlantic voyage; all the more impressive considering he was shipwrecked for ten months on his first trip. […]

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Mayflower Chronicles Book Launch Party

Come Celebrate with Us! Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83678586136 Will you join us for the Mayflower Chronicles Book Birthday Bash Party? OCTOBER 16 @ 6 p.m. Central Time This week is the week we’ve been waiting for since, well, it seems like shortly after the Mayflower set sail to return to England. After numerous delays and obstacles, Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures is here! That is, it is in warehouses ready to deliver to you […]

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Mayflower Voyage Anniversary

Happy Mayflower Voyage Anniversary! This Sunday, September 6, 2020, marks the 400th anniversary of the third and final attempt by Master Christopher Jones to sail the Mayflower from England to New England. I suspect if Master Jones had known what was in store for him, his crew, and the 102 passengers, he’d have declined the honor. Jones and his crew sailed the wooden cargo ship Mayflower from London to Southampton in July. He’d probably navigated that […]

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