The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is committed to developing its historic sites and collections as educational resources. The Society’s original founders pioneered innovative methods of presenting local history to learners of all ages, with an emphasis on hands-on learning. This tradition endures today. The Society offers a range of group tours and educational programs for adults and children including field trips to historic sites, walking tours, lectures, and programs.
Hands-On History Programs
Available May through October
Introduce young history lovers to daily life in Plimoth Colony at the 1677 Harlow House. Groups tour the 17th–century homestead and learn about its early residents, with a focus on William Harlow’s trade as a cooper and the everyday activities of family members. In addition, students visit our Education Building to engage in hands-on crafts and historic activities, including carding, spinning, weaving, and candle dipping.
Program runs approximately 1 ½ hours. We can host up to 50 students on our site at one time. Program can be tailored to fit curriculum goals for school groups or Scouts groups. If requested, program can include walking tour through historic downtown Plymouth. For availability and pricing, call 508-746-0012 or email email@example.com.
Available Year-round (weather permitting)
Even when our historic properties are closed, our expert guides can tailor a walking tour of downtown Plymouth to highlight different themes and historical periods. Contact the PAS Office (508-746-0012; firstname.lastname@example.org) to make a reservation for your family or group. Fees will be determined based on length of tour and size of group.
Burial Hill Tours
In partnership with Pilgrim Hall Museum, the Antiquarian Society presents an annual series of public tours of Burial Hill, the ancient graveyard at the heart of the downtown. These free one-hour tours are offered on the first Saturday of every month (excepting January) at 1 pm. Click here for the 2024 schedule.
Virtual History Programs
During the COVID-19 pandemic the Antiquarian Society pivoted to presenting local history remotely. Click here for links to recordings of our virtual programs.
In 2020 we launched the Plymouth History Explorers Summer Program, a series of take-home activities for families to complete on their own. Click here for more details. Visit a special page with additional activities for kids here.
Explore letters from the Spooner Family Collection in our online exhibit, Voices from the Past.