In 2020, the nation will recognize the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims. Cape Cod owns a big part of that story, and today there are sites you can visit to remember the determination and conviction of these early European settlers, who first landed in Provincetown, settled in Plymouth and eventually founded what today is the United States of America.
Visitors to Cape Cod and Plymouth can retrace the first footsteps of the Pilgrims in the New World by visiting the 30 historical landmarks below that are tied to this important piece of history, including Provincetown’s Pilgrim Monument, which commemorates the Pilgrims' historic landing, and First Encounter Beach, where the Wampanoag tribe and Pilgrims met for the first time.
Commemoration events will also be held in Plymouth and across Cape Cod throughout 2020. Mark these key 2020 events on your calendar!
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Read a full account linking each of the sites below to their place in history.
Here is a list of sites to add to your itinerary:
1. The Mayflower II, Plymouth
2. Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth
3. Aptucxet Trading Post, 6 Aptucxet Road, Bourne
4. Cape Cod Canal (Visitor Center), 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich
5. Hoxie House, 18 Water Street, Sandwich
6. Wing Fort House, 69 Spring Hill Road, E. Sandwich
7. Benjamin Nye Homestead, 85 Old County Road, E. Sandwich
8. Old King’s Highway – the Natives’ trail (Route 6A - Sandwich to Provincetown)
9. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum, 414 Main Street, Mashpee
10. Old Indian Meetinghouse, 410 Meetinghouse Road, Mashpee
11. Iyannough Statue, Hyannis green
12. 1717 Meetinghouse, 2049 Meetinghouse Way, W. Barnstable
13. Sacrament Rock, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
14. Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
15. Sturgis Library – home of Rev. Lothrop, 3090 Route 6A, Barnstable Village
16. The Old Jail, 3353 Route 6A, Barnstable Village
17. Josiah Dennis Manse, 61 Whig Street, Dennis
18. Stony Brook Grist Mill & Herring Run, 830 Stony Brook Road, Brewster
19. Hopkins House, 2727 Main Street, Brewster
20. Plaque Commemorating Squanto, 1107 Orleans Road (Nickerson Family Association), Chatham
21. Plaque Commemorating Mayflower’s attempt to sail south (near Coast Guard Lighthouse, Chatham)
22. Atwood House Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham
23. First Encounter Beach, Eastham
24. Fort Hill overlook at Cape Cod National Seashore, Fort Hill Road, Eastham
25. Corn Hill, Corn Hill Road, Truro
26. Highland House Museum, Highland Road, Truro
27. Pilgrim Monument & Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Rd., Provincetown
28. Pilgrims’ First Landing Park, 1 Commercial Street, Provincetown
29. Signing the Compact Bas Relief Park, Town Green, Provincetown
30. Pilgrim Springs, Off Route 6, Provincetown/Truro
More information: Plymouth 400, Provincetown 400, Eastham First Encounter, Plimoth Plantion, Destination Plymouth and Park Plymouth (parking information in Plymouth)
Think like it's 1620: To prepare for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arriving on Cape Cod, we are cleaning up the Cape. Our goal is to return the land & sea to the pristine condition it was in when the Pilgrims arrived. Take the Pledge!
Visiting Cape Cod for the 400th Anniversary as part of a group tour? These local receptives help you plan your trip to Cape Cod and beyond:
Tour Trends (the Official Tour Operator for the Plymouth 400), Northeast Unlimited Tours, Heritage Group Planners, Cape Cod Custom Tours, Walker Tours
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