Historic Sites & Houses

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-1622

Plimoth Plantation

Located three miles south of Plymouth Center, Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th-Century English Village, Craft Center, Plimoth Bread Company, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower (under repair-due back in 2020), a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. The Plantation Visitor Center offers an indoor gallery exhibit, Cinema, and the Patuxet Café, serving delicious New England fare. Browse their award-winning museum shops for unique, historically-inspired items.  Read more about Plimoth Plantation

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Mayflower Meetinghouse
19 Town Square
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-747-1606

Mayflower Meetinghouse Tours

Tour the Pilgrims' church - the birthplace of religious freedom in America. This will be one of the highlights of your visit to Plymouth! Built in true Arts and Crafts style, the Meetinghouse's beautiful stenciling and stained glass tell and preserve the Pilgrims' story and values. Conveniently located at the top of Leyden Street in Town Square and next to the 1749 Courthouse, this prominent brown stone church is a 5-minute walk to Plymouth Rock. We are pleased to offer tours of our historic Meetinghouse. Hours are Thursday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Read more about Mayflower Meetinghouse Tours

1749 Court House and Museum
Town Square
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-830-4075

1749 Court House and Museum

Located right in the center of Plymouth, The 1749 Court House is a museum filled with interesting items from Plymouth's history. It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America. The 1749 Court House was originally built for the joint use of the county and the Town of Plymouth. Open daily mid-June through mid-October. Read more about 1749 Court House and Museum

Alden House Historic Site
105 Alden Street
Duxbury , MA
Phone: 781-934-9092

Alden House Historic Site

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins arrived in Plimoth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620 and were married about 1622. In 1627, they moved to land in Duxbury where they raised their 10 children. That land has never been out of the Alden family. Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the property welcomes visitors for tours of the c. 1680 Alden family home, archeological site, and grounds and offers hands-on programs that "bring history to life."  Read more about Alden House Historic Site

Daniel Webster Estate
238 Webster Street
Marshfield , MA
Phone: 781-834-0548

Daniel Webster Estate

Daniel Webster is best remembered as a statesman, orator, lawyer, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. He is least remembered for being a farmer, fisherman and hunter. Daniel Webster came to Marshfield in 1828 and, two years later bought the 600-acre Thomas Farm. During the twenty years that he lived here, Webster expanded to an 1800-acre farm that he named "Green Harbor". Read more about Daniel Webster Estate

The Jabez Howland House
33 Sandwich Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-9590

The Jabez Howland House

The Jabez Howland House is the only existing house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually lived. The original 17th century two-story timber framed house consisted of the porch, hall and hall chamber. John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland spent their winters here with their son Jabez and his family. Read more about The Jabez Howland House

Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center "The Little Red Schoolhouse"
43 Cudworth Road
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center "The Little Red Schoolhouse"

As the headquarters of the Scituate Historical Society, the Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center provides the heartbeat of the organization. Two meeting rooms are available for local organizations needing meeting space. All inquiries to the Scituate Historical Society pass through this facility. Read more about Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center "The Little Red Schoolhouse"

The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport , RI
Phone: 401-847-1000

Newport Mansions

The Newport Mansions offer visitors a unique trip through America’s past. Audio tours at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House & Rosecliff bring you the personal stories of the men and women who lived in these grand mansions and the household staff who cared for them.  Read more about Newport Mansions

1903 Paul Pratt Building
106 South Main Street
Cohasset , MA
Phone: 781-383-1434

1903 Paul Pratt Building

The Cohasset Historical Society Headquarters is housed in this building which was designed by Edward Nichols, a Cohasset native and Boston architect. The Pratt Building was built in 1903 to provide Cohasset with a central library building for both the private Paul Pratt Memorial Library and the town's Cohasset Free Public Library. Read more about 1903 Paul Pratt Building

Plymouth Rock
79 Water Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-747-5360

Plymouth Rock

Located in Pilgrim Memorial State Park on the shore of Plymouth Harbor, this simple glacial erratic boulder has become a world famous symbol representing something different to each person who looks at it.

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Major John Bradford Homestead
50 Landing Road
Kingston , MA
Phone: 774-454-4699

Major John Bradford Homestead

Major Bradford's home built in 1675, is still standing and open to the public today. According to tradition, the Indians attempted to burn John's house during King Philip's War. The Major discovered the fire. He spied an Indian on Abrams Hill waving a blanket and shouting to his fellows, and shot him. But on approach, he could not find the body. Read more about Major John Bradford Homestead

1677 Harlow Old Fort House
119 Sandwich Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-0012

1677 Harlow Old Fort House

Built in 1677, the gambrel-roofed Harlow Old Fort House is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings in the oldest established town in the Commonwealth. It was originally the family residence of settler William Harlow, a farmer, cooper and town official, who also served as sergeant of the local militia and participated in King Philip's War. Read more about 1677 Harlow Old Fort House

Burial Hill
School Street
Plymouth , MA

Burial Hill

A must-stop along the historic path of the Pilgrims, Burial Hill is the site is one of their first forts and the burial place of William Bradford and other first settlers. Set high atop the hill, the Pilgrims placed their cannons facing the harbor for protection. On the first Saturday of each month (except January), the Plymouth Antiquarian Society invites you to explore one of Plymouth’s greatest historic treasures during a series of free themed discovery tours.  Encounter art, history, and culture in an open-air museum with local historians who share their expertise on a fascinating range of topics.  Read more about Burial Hill

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth , MA
Phone: (508) 746-1622

Wampanoag Plimoth Plantation Homesite

Here you'll discover how the 17th-century Wampanoag would have lived along the coast during the growing season; planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. Read more about Wampanoag Plimoth Plantation Homesite

1810 Captain John Wilson House
4 Elm Street
Cohasset , MA
Phone: 781-383-1434

1810 Captain John Wilson House

Restored with the generousity of Community Preservation Act funding, 1810 Captain John Wilson House located at 4 Elm St., contains period household furnishings and exhibits about 19th century life in Cohasset. Built by David Nichols  and purchased soon thereafter by Captain John Wilson, the house remained in the Wilson family until 1912. Read more about 1810 Captain John Wilson House

1809 Hedge House
126 Water Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-0012

1809 Hedge House Museum

The 1809 Hedge House is one of Plymouth's finest examples of Federal period architecture, featuring octagonal rooms in the mainblock, and a rare, intact carriage house. Built by sea captain William Hammatt, the house was originally located on Court St., where Memorial Hall is today. Read more about 1809 Hedge House Museum

1749 Spooner House
27 North Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-0012

1749 Spooner House

Built circa 1749 for the widow Hannah Jackson, the Spooner House is one of the oldest structures on Plymouth's picturesque North Street. It was home to one Plymouth family, the Spooners, for over two hundred years. The first Spooner to occupy the house was Deacon Ephraim Spooner, a successful local merchant and patriot during the American Revolution. Read more about 1749 Spooner House

Stockbridge Mill
6 County War
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Stockbridge Mill

In 1640 Isaac Stedman dammed the First Herring Brook and built a sawmill beside the pond. Around 1650, John Stockbridge built the currently standing gristmill. Much of the machinery now in the mill was installed by Stockbridge. Read more about Stockbridge Mill

Pembroke Historical Society
116 Center Street
Pembroke , MA
Phone: 781-293-9083

Pembroke Historical Society

The Pembroke Historical Society was organized in 1950 and incorporated in 1952. The purpose of the non-profit Society is to preserve documents and artifacts of historic interest to the Town of Pembroke, Massachusetts; and shall accept the loan or lease, and responsibility, of any articles or items entrusted to the Society for safe keeping or for permanent placement. The Society shall be dedicated to the preservation of the history of Pembroke and to perpetuate the interest, education, and support of Pembroke residents in the history of our town. Read more about Pembroke Historical Society

Mann Farmhouse and Museum
108 Greenfield Lane
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Mann Farmhouse and Museum

Three generations of the Mann family lived at the Mann Farmhouse at the corner of Stockbridge Road and Greenfield Lane, direct descendants of Richard Mann who came to Scituate in 1636. The main house that now stands is a typical full Cape with a large central chimney. The ell was added and served as a summer kitchen, storage area and workshop. Read more about Mann Farmhouse and Museum

Cudworth House
331 First Parish Road
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Cudworth House, Barn and Cattle Pound

The Cudworth House sits on land granted to Richard Garrett before 1646. In 1728 Jael Garrett sold the dwelling house and land to James Cudworth. Ownership passed to his grandson, Zephaniah, who built the present house in 1797 around the chimney of the original structure on the site. Read more about Cudworth House, Barn and Cattle Pound

Plymouth Cordage Company
10 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth , MA

Plymouth Cordage Company Museum

Founded in 1824, The Plymouth Cordage Company was once the largest manufacturer of rope and twine in the world. It was also the Town of Plymouth's largest employer for more than 100 years. Their large factory, located on the Plymouth waterfront, specialized in ship rigging and was chosen among their competitors in the early 1900s to manufacture the rope used on the USS Constitution. The company's Plymouth binder twine, popular among farmers, was the inspiration for the naming of the Plymouth brand of automobiles first produced in 1928. Today a small museum of archives and artifacts is maintained at Cordage Park in North Plymouth. Read more about Plymouth Cordage Company Museum

The Richard Sparrow House
42 Summer Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-747-1240

The Richard Sparrow House Museum

Richard Sparrow, his wife Pandora, and son Jonathan, left their home in England, and arrived in New Plimoth by 1633.  As a freeman, Richard was granted a house tract of six acres in 1636, which required him to construct a house within four years.  The original two-story house contained one room on each level and utilized cross summer beam construction.  With its large rooms, leaded glass window Read more about The Richard Sparrow House Museum

Old Oaken Bucket Homestead
47 Old Oaken Bucket Road
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Old Oaken Bucket Homestead

Poet Samuel Woodworth’s poem “The Old Oaken Bucket” made The Old Oaken Bucket Homestead and Well on of the most popular local attractions in the late 1800s. His poem, a lament for the lost days of his youth, has been described as one of the most beautiful works in the English language, and was translated into more than eight other languages around the world. Read more about Old Oaken Bucket Homestead

Mayflower Society House
4 Winslow Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-3188

Mayflower Society House

Across the street and around the corner from Plymouth Rock, in the heart of this quaint village’s historic district, is the Mayflower Society House. The grounds host the historic eighteenth century dwelling built by Edward Winslow. Behind this stately mansion are the offices and library of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Read more about Mayflower Society House

The Plimoth Grist Mill
6 Spring Lane
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-1622

The Plimoth Grist Mill

The Mill is a reconstruction of the original grist mill that once stood on the same site. In the 17th century, grist mills were very important because corn was the major crop for the early colonists. To be useful for baking, corn had to be ground into flour. Read more about The Plimoth Grist Mill

Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum
85 Old County Road
East Sandwich , MA
Phone: 508-888-4213

Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum

 The Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum serves two basic functions.  It is the administrative home of the Nye Family of America Association, Inc. Read more about Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum