Plymouth RockFeb 18, 2020
get ready welcome to the real united states and welcome to
plymouthmassachusetts we are here at the landing site of the first english settlers on the north american continent and behind me is indeed the mayflower - there is a replica of the mayflower the original ship that the pilgrims landed on landed near here in 1620 now there is the significance of this city today, plus it is home to Plymouth Rock which is the legendary landing place for the Pilgrims when they first arrived on American soil and this is the type The ship they arrived on is apparently identical to or nearly a possible recreation of the original ship they arrived on, so you can imagine how passionate these people were about traveling through what is arguably one of the world's most beautiful bodies of water. angry on the planet in November/December seas I believe they landed here in December 1620 aboard a ship made of wood held together with wooden pegs cattle on board all their personal possessions gave up everything they knew home their friends family extended to come here and start a new life and at that time there was nothing here but wood and I mean wildlife but there was nothing here there was no infrastructure there were no houses to come to everything had to be built with their own hands there were no power tools these people had to be incredibly strong and incredibly enthusiastic individuals to take 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 I I have a few acres here in this little cove in Plymouth and it has this ship it has a couple of little structures built in the period style and it's home the current home the final home hopefully Plymouth Rock which we're going to show you in a minute like I said here at Pilgrim State Park, there are a couple of these little structures, they're actually curio shops, souvenir shops here for the State Park, but they're built in the style of what would have been built in the 1620s, when our ancestors first arrived on American shores.
Look, with wooden slats, the original slats probably would have been rougher, it would have been split slats instead of nicely cleaned carved tiles, but still this type of architecture is basically a salt box with a very steep slope because in this part from the country. especially right on the coast we have a lot of snow so russ would have been very steep incline to keep the snow loads from collapsing and the building not collapsing and as you know they put some complex work on the windows but in that moment the glass had to be transported. shipped with them from England, so it's a very, very precious commodity, handled with great care, but this is part of the park that's here, a lovely little park, not more than a few acres, but a beautiful testimonial to the legend that is Plymouth Rock now Plymouth Rock is both legend and historical fact in regards to they landed in Plymouth and there were
rocks on the shoreline and oral tradition passed down which
rockno one was really sure what that was completely accurate to this day, however Iraq was chosen as it is believed to be the original rock they set foot on when they arrived in the Americas and after several moves it has landed here on this sort of granite structure similar to a coliseum that now houses it to this day.
I'm going to show you the actual rock now if you were expecting a big rock. Sorry to disappoint you, but it's been through a lot of turmoil over the years. time since 1620 it was there for one hundred and fifty four years I guess until 1774 when the colonial people of that time decided that 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 it was split in half and the holy shit was the top half that's why you see this big cement encased because the other piece was eventually salvaged and then throughout history they were put back together and cemented and moved to another resting place well then that that place they decided to move it again while on its journey here it fell off its conveyance and broke in half and had to be put back together when it got to this place in central Plymouth and that's when they went ahead and recorded the date of the landing of the pilgrims on it, so now we hope that it is in its permanent home and we are going to step back and give you a view of this solid granite structure that was built to protect it from the elements. weather up and from the sea and what not, and you'll notice we can go back a little bit and show you that here's a gateway with steel bars all the way out to the sea to this little cove which essentially I think is supposed to represent the landing site original being a coach so here's a picture of the solid granite Coliseum structure they've built on top of Plymouth Rock to preserve and protect it, it's got that beautiful solid cast iron railing all around it to keep people out so they don't have souvenir hunters ripping it to shreds what happened in decades or centuries past to protect the Plymouth Rock theoretically all along you can certainly tell by the magnitude they intended that the last thing you know as a thousand years or so beautiful view in the distance of the harbor here in
plymouthmany you know sports boats here anchor you know safe harbor beautiful setting a good place to go in if you were a cruise ship and this is a beautiful little town so i would like to say thank you for joining us here in the real United States and Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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