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Plymouth in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Welcome to Pilgrim Memorial State Park

 
 
Welcome to Pilgrim Memorial State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
1. Welcome to Pilgrim Memorial State Park Marker
Inscription.
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 Hill, where a sarcophagus is the final resting place of many early Pilgrims and where a number of organizations have memorialized their connections to the Pilgrims.
• Tour the works of art dedicated
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By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
2. Welcome to Pilgrim Memorial State Park Marker
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

 
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.
 
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); Pilgrim Memorial State Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); America's Hometown (about 500 feet away); Massasoit (about 500 feet away); James Cole (about 600 feet away); Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
3. Plymouth Rock
(about 600 feet away); National Day of Mourning (about 600 feet away); First Burying Ground of Mayflower Passengers (about 800 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.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Pilgrim Mother Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
4. Pilgrim Mother Fountain
William Bradford Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
5. William Bradford Statue
Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
6. Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill
Pilgrim Sarcophagus image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 22, 2017
7. Pilgrim Sarcophagus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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