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About Plymouth Rock, Boston

Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. It is an important symbol in American history. There are no contemporaneous references to the Pilgrims' landing on a rock at Plymouth, and it is not referred to in Edward Winslow's Mourt's Relation (1620–21) or in Bradford's journal Of Plymouth Plantation (1620–47). The first known written reference to the rock's existence is in 1715, when it is described in the town boundary records as "a great rock." The first written reference to Pilgrims landing on a rock is found 121 years after they landed, in 1741. A rock traditionally identified as Plymouth Rock, weighing an estimated 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg) in its original form, has long been memorialized on the shore of Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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You are looking at travel information of Plymouth Rock in Boston. If you have enough time to explore the interiors of the city, you will pass by Plymouth Rock.

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Address: 79 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

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  • Plymouth Rock sits on a beach in the harbor under an elaborate temple-like structure. You can walk right up to the railing and gaze down at the rock day or night. It's not much to look at, but it's exciting to think that the pilgrims were right here! History! Make this part of a walk up and down the harbor. There is a nice wide sidewalk with benches and other sights to see: a re-creation of the Mayflower (check to see if it is in the harbor, or out on a trip, or out for repairs), lots of beautiful boats anchored in the harbor, many boutique shops and places to eat. There is also at least one company that will take you on a harbor cruise. There was such a lovely breeze the day I was there, and people were out enjoying a stroll with their pets and their families. The harbor is beautiful. There are a couple of monuments to the colonists in town, and the pilgrim hall museum was small but filled with artifacts from the pilgrims.

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  • The rock is so much smaller than it looks in pictures but still very memorable. I think the real treasure lies on visiting the Mayflower II. Being able to walk aboard a ship that size is awe inspiring. A real gem!

  • Very surprised at the area- was not expecting such a nice area (shopping & dining galore). Great parks, family friendly with lots of history, and very beautiful. Highly recommend, even if 1-2 hours is all you can spare! BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!

  • If you are looking for more than a rock that says 1620 on it you will be disappointed. Literally, a local called it the "rock of disappointment." I am glad we stopped an looked and took pictures. But it really is just a rock. The thing surrounding it is more to look at, as are the museums and other plaques to read. The gift shop was great.

  • To stand at Plymouth Rock is a very sobering experience. Our nation started with two settlements: Jamestown and Plymouth. With the Mayflower in site, this is a uniquely wonderful experience to be in one of the cornerstones of our American heritage.

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