Dive Into Our History

Massachusetts Imagine

Take a historic journey through these immersive attractions and experiences, and imagine yourself back in time to experience our nation’s rich history, so much of which began right here in Massachusetts. Explore Plymouth, where the Pilgrims came ashore on the Mayflower in 1620, journey through Central Massachusetts to see what early life was like on New England farms at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and head to Western Massachusetts, the birthplace of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Along the way, you will hear the stories and explore the places that have shaped our American history.

South of Boston

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is where you can explore the early days of American life. The 17th-century English Village is a recreation of early Plymouth, while the Patuxet Homesite tells the story of the Indigenous people who have lived on the site for more than 12,000 years. You can also board the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, and visit the Plimoth Grist Mill, a reconstruction of the colony’s original 1636 mill. Close to the museums is the Jabez Howland House, the only existing house in Plymouth where Mayflower Pilgrims actually spent time.

Once the greatest whaling port in the world, New Bedford is where Herman Melville got his inspiration for Moby Dick. Today, the city’s renowned Whaling Museum offers visitors an in-depth look at the history of the international whaling industry. Also, discover the important role New Bedford played in the abolitionist movement as a stop on the Underground Railroad by checking out the sites on the Black History Trail.


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