Plymouth in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Welcome to Pilgrim Memorial State Park
Pilgrim Memorial State Park is designed around Plymouth Rock, a large glacial boulder deposited in the harbor and smoothed by centuries of tidal wash. The rock is not only a landmark, but also a symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first New England colony. Tradition tells us that the Pilgrims first stepped here when they arrived in December of 1620, on land long inhabited by Wampanoag (or Pokanoket) Native Americans whose sachem, Massasoit, befriended the Pilgrims. Without the help of the Wampanoag, the Pilgrims would likely have starved soon after their arrival.
Here, the Pilgrims began their new lives in North America when the Mayflower anchored offshore. Today, the site of the world-famous Plymouth Rock is a picturesque landscaped park that offers historical and recreational opportunities for nearly one million people every year. During your visit, you will find that there is much to do within the park. Here you can:
• Visit Plymouth Rock where you can learn the interesting history of the Rock and its famous portico.
• Climb the steps across the street to enjoy a panoramic view from Cole’s
• Tour the works of art dedicated to historical events and figures in Plymouth’s history – the Massasoit statue on Cole’s Hill, the William Bradford statue on Water Street near the portico, and the Pilgrim Mother fountain across Water Street.
• Take a stroll on the Frazier State Pier.
• Enjoy a picnic or cultural program in the grassy south end of the park.
“Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 57.566′ N, 70° 39.76′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker is on Water Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth MA 02360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America’s Hometown at the Heart of Plymouth County (here, next to this marker); Mayflower II (within shouting distance of this marker); The Frazier Memorial State PierPilgrim Mother Statue (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome To Mayflower II (about 400 feet away); Pilgrim Memorial State Park (about 500 feet away); America's Hometown (about 500 feet away); Massasoit (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of Pilgrim Memorial State Park that indicates the location of the marker and the historic sites of interest mentioned on the marker.
Also on the marker are photos of Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Mother Fountain, Massasoit Statue and the Pilgrim Sarcophagus.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 191 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.