Back Where Thanksgiving Began: Plimouth Plantation
If you ever wanted to go back to a simpler time of Thanksgiving without the hassle of planes, trains, automobiles and WiFi, say to the time of the very first Thanksgiving, then Plimouth Plantation may be the right place for Thanksgiving 2010. (Or Thursday, if you find yourself in the New England area with no concrete dinner plans.)
The heritage site, where the first Thanksgiving is believed to be held, does Thanksgiving dinner every year. Er, we should call that dinners as there are multiple dining options from a buffet to a Victorian Thanksgiving dinner to an all-day Thanksgiving celebration. But this place is also way more than Thanksgiving dinner. Plimouth Plantation has done its best to recreate the time and living conditions of 1621 when pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving here.
Fortunately, Plimouth doesn't gloss over the lives and stories of the Native Americans that inhabited the land long before English settlers showed up. The Wampanoag Homesite actually tells the story of the English settlers arriving from an Indigenous point of view.
Still, the focus is heavily concentrated on the pilgrims and visitors can walk through the 1627 English village as well as check out the Mayflower II down on the Plymouth waterfront. (The ship is actually a recreation of the original Mayflower.) But perhaps what seals the deal for us here? Period players in costume telling the stories. C'mon you know these folk always rate high on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. That and the craft shop.
Know Before You Go: The site actually closes on Sunday for the season. It will reopen again in March so even if you're doing dinner with the family on Thursday you can still trek out to see how it was done the first time around. Tickets start at $28 for adults and $18 for children.
· Plimouth Plantation [Official Site]
[Photo: Clearly Ambiguous]