New England

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimoth Plantation
Monday, October 4, 1999

Plimoth Plantation's
Pilgrim Village brings to life
the Plymouth of 1627.

This year was selected because
it is well-documented and
represents the village just
before the colonists began
to disperse beyond the
first settlement.

Clothed in period fashions
and speaking in accents
of their character's place of origin,
museum staff—"interpreters"—take
on the identies of the original
inhabitants of the colony.

Together, these "first person"
foles replicate the social and
cultural life of the real human
community. the housewife's
primary daily responsibility was
feeding and caring for her household.

     

Photos by Pat Tyler

The primary occupation of Plymouth men was farming, although many
had training in trades such as coopering or black smithing which
became part-time occupations.

Pilgrim woman
     

Pilgrim man

When asked if he raised vegetables in his garden, this young man pictured above
interrupted his fence mending duties to answer that he did not know vegetables.
Given some examples of vegetables such as corn and squash, he brightened and
said that I meant herbs. And yes, he did have a lot of herbs in his garden.

Our language has changed quite a lot since those days.

The village shelters seventeenth-century breeds of cattle, goats, sheep,
swine, and poultry, many of which are quite rare today.

Outside the palisade are fields which produce the crops that were the
Pilgrims' major source of food. Adjacent to each house are kitchen
gardens for both food and medicine.

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