“The breaking waves dash’d high
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
their giant branches toss’d.
And the heavy night hung dark
the hills and waters o’er,
When a band of exiles moor’d their bark
On the wild New England shore.
~ Felicia Hemans, 1808
Younge House is jumping back in time to 1620 to learn about the experience of some of America’s earliest immigrants – the infamous Pilgrims. Best known for contributing the Thanksgiving holiday to the federal calendar, there is a lot more to the story of this brave band of travelers than just turkey and buckled hats (which they actually didn’t wear). We will be using lots of great primary and secondary sources to research the lives of the Pilgrims: their voyage to an unknown land, interactions with its current inhabitants, and determination to make a new life in a new world. On April 28th we will be heading off to Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts where we will be able to conduct even more research as we experience the Mayflower II, Plimoth Colony, and Hobbamock’s village first hand. In less than a month, we will be experts! Stay posted to see how our study is going and check out these great sites in the meantime: