Thursday, December 18, 2008

Leeland Lands On Plymouth Rock!!






Hey guys Mike here!! I want to let you guys in on a little bit of our history lesson today!! We are in Plymouth, Massachusetts today!! The boys and I went on a walk about town to see what we could discover, and less than a few blocks away we stumbled across the Mayflower.....well a replica of the original Mayflower but equally as cool!! I have to say I was a little bummed because they were closed when we showed up, normally you could go aboard!! Thanks a lot seasonal tourist!! Beyond that we found the resting place of one of the most famous stones in the rich & very vast history of stones....The Plymouth Rock!! The Rock of Plymouth which was once an ordinary stone before December 21, 1620 is now a staple in our nations history!! According to James Thatcher, who wrote a history of Plymouth in 1835, Plymouth Rock was identified by Elder Faunce, whose father had known some of the Mayflower passengers. In 1741, at the age of 95, Elder Faunce was informed that a wharf was going to be built over the top of the rock. He was carried in a chair three miles to the rock, where he "bedewed it with his tears and bid to it an everlasting adieu." According to Plymouth tradition, Elder Faunce had placed his children and grandchildren upon the rock every year, and told them about their forefathers. (Thanks to MayflowerHistory.com) In all seriousness after walking around today in the chilly 27.0 °F weather I don't know how the pilgrims did it...I was freezing!!

P.S. Of the one hundred and two passengers to make the voyage over, three of them were pregnant ladies, one of which gave birth on the way over! The babe was apply named Oceanus Hopkins!!

14 comments:

Rafaela said...

Yey first!
Is 'bid' an English word?? What does it mean? Here in Holland it means pray.. Oh wait.. nevermind I already know what it means xD

Looks like you had fun there looking at the rock :P Still hoping you'll come to Holland one day =)

God bless!

Rafaƫla

Fretted Fingers said...

I love the hat that ...I think its jack...anyways the hat he is wearing is awesome

Hilary said...

Oceanus Hopkins!
Wouldn't you love to have that name?
It's too bad you couldnt go aboard, I'm sure it would have been really, really cool!

blueraindrop said...

between the first rock pic and the last rock pic, my sense of size is so completely thrown off!

JJprincess said...

wow... funny looking rock.

debbie said...

hope you all had fun visiting plymouth. we saw you on thursday evening at plymouth memorial hall. it was awesome and i really enjoyed the music! hope you will all come back to another! we would love to see you agian.

Makayla said...

where in the world did you get the hat jack???

GcbGirl said...

thanks for the history lesson... it would be really creepy if we had a test or quiz or something on the mayflower and the pilgrims when christmas break ended and we went back to school... I would laugh sooooo hard!!!

GcbGirl said...

so, no more traveling with six pence? (for now)

well, get some rest during the christmas break!!!

Makayla

GcbGirl said...

ok, I don't get how it's so small in the first three pics, yet so big on the last one...
yes, I am confused!

Marci said...

Hahahaha..wow, I totally went there on a school trip and took some of the same looking pics with "the rock", although, the mayflower was closed when we tried to see it too...... God Bless!

Marci said...

Hahahahaha. I totally went on the same trip with my school last fall. We were all a little amazed at the small size of the actual rock! And the Mayflower was closed when we were there too! God Bless!

Elisabeth said...

Plymouth is pretty cool...too bad you couldn't go on the Mayflower though!
I don't live too far from Plymouth...did you eat at Mamma Mia's? They have REALLY good pizza! We eat there every time we go to Plymouth! haha You should check it out if you go there again...during the "on season" to check out the Mayflower and Plimoth Plantation!

Elisabeth

youngestblood said...

WHAT?! i went there in june this last summer.... and it was "being referbished for our future enjoyment.".... (ok... i know that's what they say at disney world... not at plymouth... but that's what i said.)
so... my little history lesson didn't happen that day...
but i DID find a rock that said 1620 on it.... in sharpie...