Today Linda headed off in her convertible to Hyannis Port while Barb and I drove to Plymouth and Woods Hole. It was a beautiful day and we all had a good time. The drive was not spectacular, as I had imagined it would be, but it was nice. I really enjoyed the visit.
At Plimoth Plantation we viewed a documentary film at the visitor center before heading out on our self-guided walk.
The first stop on the walk was at the Wampanoag Homesite. It is a recreation of the single-family home of Hobbamock. He was a councilman to the leader, Ousamequin, also known as Massasoit. In the 1620s, Ousamequin asked Hobbamock to act as liaison between his people and the Plymouth colonists.
The Homesite is situated in a forested area with easy access to the Eel River. The staff wearing traditional Wampanoag clothing are Native People who practice and preserve traditional skills. All of them freely answered questions.
The next stop was at the recreated 1627 English Village. The costumed role players have taken on the names, viewpoints and life histories of the people who lived in the colony in 1627 and they speak in the English of that time. The village is made up of several houses, barns and other structures. The recreation is based upon ongoing research and is about one-third the size of the original colony. The artisans here practice 17-century trades, using many of the same techniques, materials and types of tools that were used here more than 350 years ago.