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Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock
get ready welcome to the real United States and welcome to

Plymouth

Massachusetts we are here at the site of the landing of the first English settlers in the North American continent and behind me is in fact the Mayflower - there's a replica of the Mayflower the original ship that the pilgrims came over on to land here nearby in 1620 now there are the significance of this town today besides that is that is the home of

Plymouth

Rock

which is the legendary landing site of the pilgrims when
plymouth rock
they first arrived on American soil and this is the sort of ship that they came in this is apparently identical or nearly as possible recreation of the original ship that they came on so you can imagine how passionate these people were to travel across the what he's arguably one of the angriest bodies of water on the planet in november/december seas I think they actually landed here in December of 1620 onboard a boat made out of wood held together with wooden pegs livestock on board all
their personal possessions they gave up everything they knew their home their friends extended family to come here and start a new life and at the time there was nothing here but timber and you know I mean wildlife but there was nothing here no infrastructure no homes to come to everything had to be built with their bare hands no power tools these people had to be incredibly strong incredibly zealous individuals to make that trip in that boat now we are in what is pilgrim Memorial State Park and
this is the smallest state park in the state of Massachusetts so me a few acres here right on this little cove in

Plymouth

and it has this ship it has a couple of small structures built in the style of the era and it is the home the current home the final home hopefully of

Plymouth

Rock

which we're going to show you in a minute as I said here in pilgrim immoral State Park there's a couple of these small structures these are actually curio shops souvenir shops here for the State Park but
they're built in the style of what would have been constructed in the 1620s when our forefathers first arrived on the American shores very tiny buildings you see with wood shakes probably the original shakes would have been more crude they'd have been split shakes instead of nicely cleaned hewn shingles but still this sort of architecture basically just a salt box with a very steep pitched rough because in this part of the country especially right on the coastline we get a lot of snow so
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Russ would have been pitched very steeply to keep the snow loads off get the building from crushing and you know they put some intricate work into the windows but glass at that time had to be carried by ship with them from England so very very precious commodity very you know handled with great care but this is part of the park that's here a beautiful little Park not more than a few acres but a beautiful testament to the legend that is

Plymouth

Rock

now

Plymouth

Rock

is as much legend as it
is historical fact in regards that there they did land in

Plymouth

and there was

rock

s on the coast and oral tradition passed down which

rock

it was nobody's really certain that that's entirely accurate to this day however Iraq was chosen which is believed to be the original

rock

that they set foot on when they came to the Americas and after several moves has landed here in this sort of Coliseum like granite structure that now houses it to this day we're gonna pan around here and
we're gonna show you the actual

rock

now if you were expecting a large boulder I'm sorry to disappoint you that but it's gone through a lot of turmoil over the years it laid in its original place for well since the dawn of time but from the time from 1620 it laid there for a hundred and fifty-four years I guess until 1774 when the colonial people of that time decided they were going to move it to preserve it and they tried to move it with oxen and unfortunately when they went to move
it its split in half and the holy crap was the upper half so that's why you see this big cement lined on it because the other piece was eventually retrieved and then through the course of history they were brought back together and cemented back together and moved to a another resting place well then that place they decided to move it again while on its trip here it fell off of its conveyance and split in half and had to be reattached when it reached this location in the center of

Plymouth

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and at that time is when they went ahead and carved the date of the landing of the pilgrims into it so now today it's hopefully in its permanent home and we're gonna step back and give you a view of this solid granite structure that's been built to protect it from the inclement weather above and from the sea and what not and you'll notice that we can step back just a little bit and show them there is a gateway here with steel bars right up to the sea to this little cove which
essentially I think is supposed to represent the original landing site being a coach so here is a shot of the solid granite Coliseum structure sort of thing that they've built over

Plymouth

Rock

to preserve it and protect it it have that gorgeous iron solid cast iron railing all around it to protect it from people so that you don't have souvenir hunters chipping pieces off it which has happened in decades or centuries past to protect the the

Plymouth

Rock

for theoretically all time
certainly you can tell from the magnitude of it that they were intending for it to last you know like a thousand years or so beautiful view off in the distance of the harbor here at

Plymouth

many you know sport boats here anchor you know safe harbor beautiful setting a nice place to come in if you were a cruiser and this is a gorgeous little town so I'd like to thank you for joining us here on the real United States and

Plymouth

Massachusetts I hope you've enjoyed this visit if
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