Thursday, November 17, 2011

William Brewster

Now that Thanksgiving is only a week away, I thought I would post couple of shots in the next few days that pertained to the very first Thanksgiving feast.

This shot is from the Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.  Yes, I did spell the first Plimouth correctly.  Not sure why the spelling is different, but that's the way it is.  Anyway, Plimouth Plantation - where I also took this shot - has a replica of the first settlement of the Pilgrims after they arrived at Plymouth Rock along with a replica of a Wampanoag Indian settlement - the Indians that the Pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving meal with.  It's a fascinating place if you ever get there.  The Pilgrim portion has people dressed in period costume and act and speak as they did back in the 1620s.  Some even play a few of the key figures from those that arrived on the Mayflower.

This particular person was playing the part of William Brewster who was a main figure of the Separatist Church back in Europe.  The Separatists were persecuted and so they left on the Mayflower to setup their own colony, basically, and escape the persecution.  He was one of the leaders of the group when they arrived at Plymouth.

Here is William basically sitting at his dining/kitchen table in his residence.  This gentleman played the part quite well with a good English accent, saying things like the year 1621 as "sixteen hundred one and twenty" instead of saying "sixteen hundred twenty one" or "sixteen twenty one".  Pretty fun!  The houses everyone stayed in here were basically one room shacks for the most part.  Some had two rooms, but those were for two families.  They had fireplaces, sometimes just on the floor as seen here. There was also a bed in the room to sleep on.  That was it.  Nothing else to it.  I can only imagine what it must've been like in the winters there, but at least this place gave you some idea.  Very interesting.

I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.


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