Late fall is a nice time to visit a place like Plimouth Plantation -- groups are minimal and you don't have to spend your time cheek-by-jowl jostling with others to see or hear what's going on.
Anyway, we left Providence about 9:30 and after a quick 50-minute drive we parked right near the entrance; late autumn is definitely the time to come here.
Our first stop was the visitor center and then it was off to the Wampanoag Village. From the village we took the less-traveled the nature trail along the Eel River to the south entrance to the village.
|burning out a log to create a boat|
|water-logged boats -- we wondered what the story was here|
|one of the role-players inside the largest long building|
|no clue as to what this was for|
|some sort of rack for drying animal skins|
|along the Eel River|
|this end of the village was in pretty sad shape|
|lots of vegetables and plants still out in several gardens scattered around the village|
|the role players certainly came across as genuine|
|the interiors were impressive with plenty of detail|
|unsure as to what these ovens (?) were used for|
|there were a few others visiting as well but we often had the houses to ourselves|
|view of Plymouth Bay from the meeting house watch tower|
|view of the palisade from the crafts center|
The Wampanoag village was a bit different — much smaller than the village replica of course, and there appeared to be about a half dozen or so villagers performing a variety of tasks, all of which was quite fascinating.
We see no contemporary guides in the pilgrim village to help answer questions outside the scope of interpretative history. Remember, the role players are committed to staying in character so if you want information more relevant to today, say, information on where the village was originally located you're out of luck.
I thought the lack of interpretative signage on the buildings a bit frustrating: something that would have shown the names of inhabitants or use, that sort of thing. It would have been nice to get a more concrete sense of who and what was going on in the many buildings within the palisade.
One question I didn’t ask because I thought of it too late was where were all the privies. . .
On our way back through the visitor center to the car we came across one of the highpoints of the Plantation: the Mooflower:
Next up, lunch in Plymouth and the Mayflower II!