Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our New England Adventure: Boston, Day 3

We had a little more to see in Boston before we headed to Maine.  I'm glad that we were able to share some history with our children.  Sometimes, if we don't allow them to experience it, they forget.  Thus, the reason we started off at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

I was not alive during this period in history, but my parents never forgot it.  They could remember the exact time and place they were during his assassination.  Even though he was not in office long, Kennedy accomplished quite a bit. He was the first Catholic president and known for his inaugural speech that penned these famous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country." He also presided over the Cuban Missile Crisis, known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion.  His famous book, "Profiles in Courage," has been read around the globe.

 Entrance to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

 JFK's sailboat.

On the wall of the library as we were leaving.

After we left the library, we headed to one of my favorite places during this whole trip: Plymouth!  (Or, as it it now spelled, Plimouth.  It's the original spelling.)  We also visited the Womapanoag Homesite, where they are not role players but actual Native People, either Womapanoag or from other Native Nations.  They were dressed in historically accurate clothing and gave a narrative of the small village located on the Eel River.

Next, we visited the 17th-Century English Village, a recreation of the community that the Pilgrims built after they landed, and saw how the colonials lived after settling in the area.  There were crops being farmed, as well as animals in pens next to the homes.  It never ceases to amaze me the sacrifices that were made for religious freedom!

Lastly, we visited the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock.  The replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims over was minuscule, compared to today's standards of passenger ships. It was built in 1957, in Devon, England,  and actually sailed across the Atlantic. The original vessel housed about 102 passengers for ten weeks! 

It surprised me how small the actual "rock" was, but, according to many, some tourists used to chip pieces of it off for souvenirs.  Weather also aided in it's erosion.  It is now held in a small area with a gate around it. You have to stare down into a pit to actually see it. 

A typical home in the Womapanoag village.

View of the Eel River.

Home in the 17th-Century English Village.

View of the colonial village.

 Garden in the back yard of a village home.

The living area/bedroom in a colonial home.

 An "oven" used for baking. 

Inside of the meeting house in the village.

The colonists had to be ready for attacks.  This is the upstairs of the meeting house.

 Plymouth Rock.

Sign near site of Plymouth Rock.

 Mayflower II. 

Inside the Mayflower II.

Not only did we get to see part of history, but Plymouth is actually a quaint little town.  People were relaxing on the grass, enjoying the quiet rhythm of the water.  Sailboats were strewn across the water, as if taking a leisurely stroll.

It wasn't too far from Boston, so we drove back to the city (after getting detoured by our GPS several times!) and packed for our drive to Maine the next day.  However, before we left Massachusetts, we had one more place to visit. For now, it was rest time.  

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