What To Bring To The New World: Colonial Encampment

This event is happening rain or shine! Dress in your rain gear on Saturday – it will be a wet day! Or come on Sunday, when the sun should be shining!

Have you ever wondered what the Mayflower Pilgrims and the colonists that came on later ships brought with them to the shores of New England? It wasn’t like today. If you forgot to pack something, you simply would have to do without it, potentially for a very long time. Everything from the clothes you would need, the food you would eat, the tools of whatever trade you expected to have once you arrived had to be brought with you.


Using historical accounts, the New Plimmoth Gard will present a weekend encampment filled with the items that came with the colonists. See what a housewife would bring to set up a household, the tools a farmer would bring in order to provide for his family, and what various craftsmen would bring in order to work their trades here in the New World. There will also be demonstrations of the muskets, pikes, swords, and armor that all able-bodied men were required to have.


The public is invited into the encampment on Saturday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, October 8, from 11am to 3pm. This event is free and family-friendly.


Come experience living history on the grounds of the 1809 Hedge House Museum. Guided tours of the house will be offered during the event: 1 to 4pm on Saturday and 12 to 3 pm on Sunday. Admission to the house is $10/adult, $5/child, and free for Plymouth residents).