For many there is no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving Day than where it first began, Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Kate Sheehan of Plimoth Plantation said, “In 1621 when that meal occurred, it was really a celebration by the colonial English who were here of a really successful harvest."
It’s a place where history comes to life daily, teaching young and old about the lives of the 17th century English villagers and native nations like the Wampanoags.
But this day in particular draws upwards of 3,000 guests, coming together to learn about history and also to make memories of their own, including a taste of a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Sheehan said, “By the numbers, we serve about 2,700 meals here at Plimoth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day. That’s about 4500 pounds of turkey. It’s about 1500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 350 pies.”
It’s also a feast for the eyes as families and visitors get to meet and learn from those who would have lived here at the time.
Visitors can see where they lived, how they cooked, and how they went about their daily lives so many centuries ago.
Sheehan said, "Every day here at Plimoth Plantation – whether it’s Thanksgiving or not – we are striving to tell the powerful encounters between native peoples and the colonial settlers who arrived here in 1620 on these shores."