Mayflower Day – Sept. 16

Today is Mayflower Day. It celebrates the day that the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was originally headed for Virginia  but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower well off course. On November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England.

About 12  years ago I visited Plimoth Plantation, which is a very faithful recreation of what the village of Plymouth looked like in 1639. Actors portray settlers and show off how people lived in that time. I asked about why there were two kinds of thatched roofs. The person informed me that it just a matter of styles and that he thought his roof looked better than his neighbors’. I talked to a lady about the fence around the village. She informed me that it kept out both the natives and foriging animals.

I also visited the Mayflower II sitting near Plymouth rock. It is hard to believe that 102 people sailed on such a small ship. Besides they were on the ship for 66 days. Finally settling down in Plymouth in December wasn’t a good idea. Many of the settlers died that first winter.