Our first excursion was to Plymouth today. We visited Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower II, The Plimoth Plantation and Wampanog homesite. I must say that Plymouth Rock is not what history has cracked it up to be. It looks more like a landscape rock with an address on it rather than an “important” national treasure! I was “warned” that the rock was really not much to see, but I guess I was expecting so much more. One of the most important lessons of the day was that the Past is what really happened and History is the interpretation of the past. This is definitely true for Plymouth Rock; the interpretation of the landing on the Rock has been fictionalized and dramatized so much that it is hard to believe that in all actuality, the Pilgrims did not even take their first steps on the Rock!
Plymouth Rock June 10, 2011