Seeing PLYMOUTH… Where it ALL BEGAN!

July 18, 2019

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We made a day trip into Plymouth, Massachusetts yesterday and learned soooo much about the early beginnings of AMERICA and also found a few NEW PLACES that needed to be explored. If you will follow along with the numbered pictures I will tell you a little about each one of them. Are you ready for a QUICK TOUR of downtown Plymouth? Here we go:

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1. SURFSIDE SMOKEHOUSE was a GREAT place overlooking Plymouth Harbor to stop for lunch. They allowed us on their covered open-air patio because we were in a covered stroller but I’m not sure if they allow doggies who are just on a leash. This stroller REALLY DOES come in handy sometimes. ??? The food was soooo delicious (Mummy and Daddy reported, but we had none of it… they brought a few of our snacks and we had those instead). Mummy had the lobster quesadilla which was so good she said she almost cried!!! The owner stopped by our table to say hello and tell us about her own RESCUE DOGGIE who came all the way from Puerto Rico! It was a really nice place to cool off because it was sooooo hot outside, like 92 degrees, but there were only outdoor ceiling fans for circulation and a slight breeze from the water so it was still pretty hot… but at least it was COVERED!

2. CUPCAKE CHARLIE’S has been voted “The best cupcake in New England” and won lots of other awards. They have 4 or 5 other locations here and also in Rhode Island but they are ALSO KNOWN as the RUNNER UP on “Food Network’s CUPCAKE WARS!” They always have 16 varieties of freshly made cupcakes to buy, and BOY-OH-BOY our parents said they were GREAT. We didn’t get any so we will take their word. They chose the GRANNY’S CARROT CUPCAKE and the VANILLA ON VANILLA CUPCAKE but if they see another location they will try MORE!      ?❤️???

3. The IMMIGRANT STATUE is located in the lovely little Brewster Garden area next to the Town Brook. It was designed by artist Barney Zeitz and dedicated in 2001. The 6 faces of men and women represent America’s 1st immigrants and were designed to reflect the different backgrounds of people who have immigrated to the USA. The eagle at the top is a reminder of the freedom that immigrants are looking for when they come to our country. ❤️

4. PLYMOUTH ROCK … Everyone has heard of this rock but we were ALL SHOCKED at the information that we learned here. It is a LOT of stuff so I am going to give you the CLIFF NOTES on it. First of all, Plymouth is NOT where the “MAYFLOWER” originally landed. They landed in Provincetown, Massachusetts and came over this way a little bit later. Days or weeks or something. Also, I was expecting to see this HUGE ICEBERG of a BOULDER, you know, like what hit THE TITANIC… but sitting below at water’s level under a covered monument sits a BIG SMOOTH STONE engraved with 1620, which the Pilgrams most certainly did NOT engrave. Soooo…. this big rock originally sat at another location on Plymough harbor and it WAS a lot bigger, but NOT TITANIC BIG. The original rock used to be 3 times bigger than what we saw today, but whatever. It’s still a BIG ROCK and I wouldn’t be able to pick it up!!! Back in 1741 people decided to move it to a more prominent location due to its “suspected” significance. This was over 120 years AFTER the Pilgrims had landed and no one had even SUGGESTED that this was the ACTUAL ROCK that the Pilgrims put their buckled shoes upon, and there was no mention of it in any of the Pilgrim’s diaries. But someone said it was “the rock” so everyone climbed on-board and the big move was planned. As they were moving the rock it broke, so they moved the chipped off part, instead of the larger part they intended to move. Many more years passed and more new people decided to MOVE IT BACK to the water where it HAD BEEN, and there it sat… until more new people realized that vandals and tourists were chipping away pieces of the rock! Yet again another move was planned to the nice covered spot where it sits today, several feet below visitors, down near the lapping water and behind an iron fence. When the tip of the stone was being moved, it cracked IN HALF… OMGOSH, THIS POOR STONE HAS HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH!!! They superglued it back together (you can see the seam) and here it sits today. The Historical Society (you know, the same people who don’t let doggies into the “cottages” up in Newport ???) say this about the stone:

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It is the fact that they landed – and remained – that matters, not where they landed. Yet it is no bad thing for a nation to be founded on a rock. – Rose T. Briggs

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The first winter in the New World, only 53 of the 102 passengers and 1/2 of the 30-man crew, had survived. The rest had died from malnutrtition, disease or exposure to the harsh New England winter. Plymouth Rock today is seen as solid, steadfast and everlasting and is an icon for the birth of a nation. ?❤️??

5. The RICHARD SPARROW HOUSE was built in 1640 and is said to be the oldest house in Plymouth. In 1633, Richard Sparrow, his wife Pandora, and their son Jonathon arrived in New Plimoth. As a freeman he was given a house tract of 6 acres in 1636. He was required to build a house on the land within 4 years. The original house had only one room on each floor and was considered very nice for the time. It is open for tours but we were just strolling around the town and didn’t try to go inside so I don’t know if they will let doggies peek in or not. I think you only look inside the one room downstairs and the house is attached to a gift shop.

6. The PLIMOTH GRIST MILL was built in 1636 by the Pilgrims after more than a decade of grinding corn by hand with a huge wooden mortar. This mill is a reproduction of the water-powered mill built by the Pilgrims. You can tour the mill and watch them grind the organic corn into cornmill, and they sell bags of the product too! If you aren’t in the area, you can go to their website and have some shipped to you. Since we didn’t get to visit the inside of the mill, Mummy will order a bag to make her famous CORNBREAD RECIPE that is in my COOKBOOK… and if you haven’t tried it, she says YOU WILL NEVER, EVER EAT A BETTER CORNBREAD!!!

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WHEW! I know that was a LOT of reading but there is a LOT of history here, and we barely touched what Plymouth has to offer. We were all VERY HOT and ready to cool off at The YORKIE EXPRESS so we called it a day and headed back, to talk about Pilgrims and rocks and ships and DINNER! ??

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dianne mcneely
dianne mcneely
3 years ago

I love history & appreciate all the information that you are sharing.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  dianne mcneely

Thank you! This post was a hard one because it required so much research!!! Lolololol

Laurie Heikoff
Laurie Heikoff
3 years ago

Love the history of the Pilgrims, little Millie! Thank you for sharing your trip adventures!! ?

mary greenwell
mary greenwell
3 years ago

Love reading about your travels, Millie! You have a great way of sharing your adventures! It is hot hot hot In Hilton Head also!

Kathy Adkins
Kathy Adkins
3 years ago

Love all your adventures and the history you share! It’s great to learn about places we may never get to visit!!

Patsy Smith
Patsy Smith
3 years ago

Oh how interesting. I just found that my 8th Great Grandparents were on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Colony. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and your experiences.

Sharon Terrel
Sharon Terrel
3 years ago

Love the history lesson. So cool.

Susan Nicol
3 years ago

Hi Millie and family.
Yes there is a lot history in Plymouth .
Glad you got to see some of the places mommy read about. Sorry it was so hot.
Tomorrow is expected to brake records for very severe heat. Please be careful and make sure all of you have lots of water and sunscreen.
Tell tomorrow when I hear more about the next place your visiting.
Hugs and Kisses
Oliver and mommy

Brenda Carr
Brenda Carr
3 years ago

Love love love hearing all about the pilgrims. You four stay close to mommy & daddy. I know you are having fun. Licks & Wags

Sharon Hook
Sharon Hook
3 years ago

Good Evening Everyone…It sounds like you had a great time today even though it was so hot. There certainly is a lot of History at Plymouth Rock. Hope you have another adventure tomorrow. I will catch up with you early next week as I have to go to the hospital tomorrow for a few says. Be safe and have a great weekend.

Judy Alter
Judy Alter
3 years ago

Plymouth Rock & those cupcakes – awesome!

Wendy Epstein
Wendy Epstein
3 years ago

Love your adventures..This summer the weather in New England is unseasonably hot! We never have heat and humidity like this! This weekend is supposed to be in the upper 90s- yikes!

Sue S
Sue S
3 years ago

Great history lesson Millie. I sure wish I had lobster and one of those cupcakes.??

Scarlet warner
Scarlet warner
3 years ago

What a nice vacation for you 4 to be on the road again and learning the history of our country’s beginnings. You all will be so smart after this trip. We saw the “rock” too and was so surprised at how small it was. I was expecting something gigantic. Have a safe and exciting trip and keep mummy and daddy in line.

Shirley Skulimowski
3 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful history lesson! I’m sure it did take a lot of research! I love all of your advent! It’s like I’m right there with you! Stay cool in this weather ❤️❤️?

Cathy Merrill
Cathy Merrill
3 years ago

I lived in Hingham but worked in Plymouth for many years. Nice town.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Cathy Merrill

Plymouth is a lovely town! All of the HISTORY here is amazing!!!

Pamela Hartman
Pamela Hartman
3 years ago

Millie your trip and adventures sound very interesting. I enjoying reading about them everyday. Being a dessert eater, the cupcakes look delicious! Have fun and stay safe.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Pamela Hartman

Ohhhh you would have loved the cupcakes then! Daddy said the CARROT CUPCAKE was the BEST carrot cake he has ever had!

Sherry Simon
3 years ago

Thank you for all the information and great pictures. It sounds like you are having a great time.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Simon

You are very welcome and we are so happy that you are enjoying our posts. ??

Laura Seavers
Laura Seavers
3 years ago

Thanks for the pictures and info! I have been all over the US, but never up on the east coast. It is on my bucket list! I’m glad you are having a great time!

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Laura Seavers

We have never been up to this area either so all of this is new to us too! ??❤️?

Sue Garmon
Sue Garmon
3 years ago

I love all the information about Plymouth. I have been as far North as Virginia and I love the coast! Bucket list is to go farther north up the coast. Thank you for sharing info and pics of your travels.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Sue Garmon

We will get as far north as mid Maine, along the coast… then turn around and start heading back home.

Faye Lawrence
Faye Lawrence
3 years ago

Dear Airstream Yorkie, you are living up to your names. Seeing the East coast and all the wonderful history.
Thanks for sharing love seeing the pictures and the history. And the food fresh yummy. I think that I might
get some of the cornmeal..Con;t. on and keep sharing. Have you seen many covered bridges?

Jane Hembree
Jane Hembree
3 years ago

Love hearing about your travels. I was , also, surprised when I first saw Plymouth Rock. Nothing like the picture I saw in history books. Love that you included the immigrant statue. I think we need this reminder about most of our ancestors.

Susie Campbell
Susie Campbell
3 years ago

WOW!! What a day! Interesting stories, thanks for sharing!

Jeanie Drane
Jeanie Drane
3 years ago

Hi love, reading about all the history, oh my i never ,dreamed of so much history, behind Pkymouth, wished i had listened more in History class,live reading ur post about ur adventures, places u all go and see,stay cool,its hot just about everywhere,Millie maybe soon u will b at pet,friendly places with lots of treats for u sweet girls, love and prayers sent to u all???????????????????????

Shirley
3 years ago

Love all the history and all of your adventures.

Kay Ankeny
Kay Ankeny
3 years ago

Love all the history that you tell us. Try n stay cool.. continue safe travels. Hugs ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Johnna G Wheeler
Johnna G Wheeler
3 years ago

Love the history and neat places you explain! Stay cool! Enjoy your trip!

Dianna Reynolds
3 years ago

YOU DID SO WELL W/YOUR RESEARCH. KIDDING.. LOL… I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS AND ALL YOU HSVE TSUGHT US. WOW, IT IS ALL SO VERY GREAAT TO READ.
SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOT BACK TO THE YORKE EXPRESS TO COOL OFF. THE HEAT WAS VICIOUS HERE, TOMORROW WILL BE WORSE.
I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE FROM YOU. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND BE COOL. THAT HEAT SURE ISN’T GOOD FOR US OR THE PETS.
THANK YOU A BUNCH! TAKE CARE….

Angela Cuozzo
Angela Cuozzo
3 years ago

Very nice pictures! Thank you for sharing! ?❤️?

Daphne Parris
Daphne Parris
3 years ago

Your posts on your trips and adventures are indeed a Fountain of Great Information. Love reading your stories and getting to learn about the History and information on where our Furbabies fit in or not. Stay cool and please No Sun Poison adventures. Loving Hugs.

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Daphne Parris

I am glad you are enjoying reading about our adventures. Today we are planning a road trip where we can make quick stops from the car because it is going to be another hot day.

Deborah Medlock
Deborah Medlock
3 years ago

thanks for pictures and information since I will probably never get there myself . very informative

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago

We are learning quite a lot ourselves! There is lots more here to learn but we are only scheduled here for a few more days.

Joan Evans
Joan Evans
3 years ago

I am so enjoying your trip especially the history lessons. Take care in this heat. Love to you all. Xxx

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Joan Evans

Thank you ms Joan. We will try to see as much as we can from the car today since it is going to be another really hot day.

Carol Copeland
Carol Copeland
3 years ago

I never knew all that about Plymouth Rock! Wow. Love following along on your adventure!

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Carol Copeland

We didn’t either! It is always fun to learn new things. ??

Kimberly Mccain
Kimberly Mccain
3 years ago

Wow very interesting, glad you are having a good time

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago

It has been a very interesting trip. Our next stop further north will have stuff about WITCHES!!! ?

Jeannie Lively
Jeannie Lively
3 years ago

Thank you for sharing! It is really very interesting!!! I bet the cupcakes were delicious!!! I love carrot cake!
Love the pictures!???

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie Lively

You would have LOVED the carrot cupcake!

Debbie
Debbie
3 years ago

Thank you so much for the history lesson! I learned a lot and hope one day to visit the area for myself. You girls are so well behaved in your stroller. The cupcakes look delicious and I am going to pull out your cookbook for the cornbread recipe for my husband ! Thank you again and safe travels!

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie

Ohhhh you will ADORE the cornbread!!! Mummy doesn’t even like any other cornbread except this one!!!! Please let us know what you think. ??

Sherri Davis
Sherri Davis
3 years ago

Hi Millie and family,
Thank u for all the history today. I had no idea about the rock being moved, breaking, and being super glued! What a rough time it has had!!! I can’t believe it is as hot up there as it is down here in Leesburg, Ga. Y’all drink lots of water and stay cool.. can’t wait to read your next post!
Sherri Davis

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Sherri Davis

Thank you for following along with us. We hope it cools off soon!

Wendy Scoggins
Wendy Scoggins
3 years ago

Very nice and so informative. I love your posts! You rock!

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Wendy Scoggins

Thank you ms Wendy ??

Jill Stroh
Jill Stroh
3 years ago

Dear Mille,
Thank you for the history lesson! As for the cornbread, I might have to order some of that corn meal or flour too. Your Mummy’s recipe is just the BEST! Stay cool and travel happy!

Jill

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Jill Stroh

We were hoping to get back to Plymouth today so Mummy could buy some cornmeal but we ran out of time… so she is going to order some too! ?

Susan Thomas
Susan Thomas
3 years ago

ahhhhhhh I’m noticing a theme here……. you didn’t get to eat anything…… smh What kinda trip is that? LOL I want some lobster and I’d want one of every cupcake! LOL We have a mill here that still grinds the corn and wheat like that we used to buy their buckwheat and my Mommy would make us buckwheat pancakes with gravy! It’s been sooooooo hot here and my air conditioning unit BROKE on Friday during the really hot days we’ve had! My brother brought me a small window air conditioner to use but it only cooled 1 room down to… Read more »

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan Thomas

Omgoodness! You have had a lot of bad luck!!! I am glad you got your air conditioner fixed though!!! Now I hope the car won’t be too bad. ?

Monica Karroum
Monica Karroum
3 years ago

I’m catching up with the reading…. and Great that I’m learning History from you! Thanks!! 😉 Big Kissssss

millie larue
millie larue
3 years ago
Reply to  Monica Karroum

We have seen so many things! It has been lots of fun. ??

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