On September 27, our dedicated volunteers will help with a number of projects at Plimoth Plantation and sites throughout the Plymouth Community. Here are just a few of the featured projects we will be working on - our work list keeps growing!
About Burial Hill: Prior to being designated a burial ground, Burial Hill was part of the Pilgrim's original settlement when they arrived in 1620.
Burial Hill is just over 5 acres and is one of our countries earliest puritan burial grounds. Interments span over 330 years. Among those interred are several Mayflower passengers, Revolutionary leaders, and even veterans from the King Phillip's War, the War of 1812, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. This past spring, the town of Plymouth in a cultural statement appropriated $550,000 for historical preservation of 1,000 stones, and there are efforts currently under way to gain national recognition of this cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gravestone Preservation: Tourism Cares volunteers, supported by the Friends of Burial Hill and the town of Plymouth, will assist in the preservation of those gravestones, removing invasive lichen, moss and mold.
Landscaping and Clean-Up: Volunteers will be involved in the preservation of the physical grounds of Burial Hill. They will clean and remove lichen, moss and mold from 400' of a granite stone wall that borders the historic cemetery, 60' of a walkway leading to the 1910 Powder House and scrape, sand and paint structures within the cemetery.
About Town Brook: Town Brook has been a center of life in Plymouth since 1620, and long before. The Pilgrims choose the brook because it meant a reliable source of fresh water, and they built their houses close-by, and learned to use the brook's herring from the local Wampanoag. The colonists soon discovered even more uses for the brook. In the 1630's they built dams and the first corn mill - Plimoth Grist Mill, which still operates today. Today, the Plimoth Grist Mill sits in the original location of the first mill and stone grinds organic corn into cornmeal and samp.
Rock Wall Repair: Volunteers at this project will repair approximately 400 feet of the stone wall alongside of historic Town Brook, enhancing the property and adding an element of safety for tourists and locals alike.
Fence Painting: Wooden fence that surrounds historic Brewster Gardens and commemorative monuments to the Pilgrims and those who immigrated from Portugal to Plymouth to work in the rope factories, will be scraped, repaired and painted.
About Plimoth Plantation: Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum that provides an engaging and experiential outdoor and indoor learning environment on its main campus and at the State Pier on Plymouth's waterfront, telling the story of the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620. Their exhibits tell the complex and interwoven stories of two distinct cultures - English and Native. The main exhibits are enhanced with an exciting menu of special events, public programs and workshops that offer a rich and diverse exploration of the 17th-century.
Generations of families, millions of school children and countless people from all over the world have visited and participated in Plimoth Plantation's educational experiences that spark the imagination, delight the senses, touch the heart and enrich the mind.
Repairing of the Palisade in the 17th Century Village: In February 1622, the colonists built a Palisade (high timber fence) around their village. At Plimoth Plantation, the 17th-Century English Village is a reproduction of the original colony as it was in the year 1627. With first person role players in character from mid March through the end of November, there isn't much time for the Museum to make modern repairs to the outdoor exhibits. Therefore, most of the repairs happen during the season and are performed by the colonial artisans while in character. Every year, the artisan staff replaces a small section of the palisade (in total the palisade mesaures 1,500 feet) using the same technigues imployed by the Pilgrims. The fence is punished by harsh New England weather which has acellerated the deteriotation and is now in need of full restoration. Volunteers will help to restore 500 feet of the fence to improve the visitor experience.
Painting at the Nye Barn: Inside Nye Barn and in the pastures, visitors will see some of the rare breeds animals displayed at the Museum. Inside the barn there are photographs and texts that explain the history of the various breeds of livestock and the value of global conservation efforts. Volunteers at this work site will help refresh the look of the barn; they will scrape, sand and paint exterior window frames, stain exterior walls and paint a beautiful themed picture on the upper level that will be seen by visitors as they enter. All the volunteers involved will have the opportunity of signing their name to the painting.
Invasive Species Removal at Eel Boardwalk: Plimoth Plantation is situated along the banks of the Eel River which is classified as 'priority habitat of rare species' containing plant or animal populations protected under Massachsetts' Endangered Species Act. Volunteers will help to restore the view of the Eel River by removing invasive species that is cholking the river banks.
Henry Hornblower Visitors Center: The Henry Hornblower Visitors Center is the main entrance to the Museum, gaining alot of use and foot traffic by visitors throughout the year. Volunteers will help in improving the overall apperance of the Visitors Center and will assist in removing the current stairway from the Visitor Center to the Peabody Pavillion, then redecking and putting a new handrail in place.
New projects are being added all the time and there is much more work to be done! Join us in Plymouth to help get this much needed work completed and help to enhance the experience at Plimoth Plantation and in the community as a whole. Register today.