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Traveling Massachusetts: Plymouth – People, Places, and Things

Friendly People

One of the best things about traveling, is meeting new people. While driving through a neighborhood in Plymouth, we had the good fortune to meet a lovely couple. It happened because I had the idea it would be fun to drive around and photograph some of the saltbox houses. As we slowly drove by, people actually waved to us . This never happens in California.

Then we saw a beautiful red-clapboard saltbox with a man mowing the lawn out front.  I asked him if we could photograph his house; he said yes, and the three of us fell to talking and laughing. Ten minutes later, his wife came bounding across the lawn to meet us. She was so friendly, even inviting us in for wine and cheese. This would never happen in California! We accepted, and 1.5 hours later we parted as friends. A couple nights later they joined us for dinner. We’ve remained in close touch ever since.

Some encounters are lasting, others are brief but still memorable. One night we were talking to our waitress who shared how she got laid off during covid from a job in the medical malpractice field. She decided against “sitting around and collecting unemployment” and “totally changed it up” by getting a job as a waitress. We then got to talking about family and she told us that her brother, who she’d been very close to, had died seventeen years earlier. She showed us a tattoo on her arm that says, “Always on my mind, Forever in my heart.” We all teared up. You learn a lot by listening to people.

Good Restaurants

Speaking of restaurants, we went to a few I want to recommend. We enjoyed having coffee and a light breakfast at Kiskadee Coffee, 18 Main Street, Plymouth.

We had a delicious roast-beef sandwich at Angelo’s Famous Roast Beef and Deli, at 5 Main Street, Plymouth.

And we enjoyed dinner at two places: Mama Mia’s (good pizza and other Italian food) at 122 Water Street, Plymouth, and Tavern on the Wharf at 6 Town Wharf, Plymouth. We really liked Tavern on the Wharf, enjoying crab-cake appetizers and fish and shrimp tacos. I also had a Samuel Adams Harvest Pale Ale in a glass rimmed with sugar and honey. They told me it was a local thing. Pretty good too! For dessert, I had a peanut-butter martini to-die-for. I have to go back someday just to get that drink, even though I rarely drink anything stronger than beer or wine!

A Peanut Butter Martini at the Tavern on the Wharf. Mmm-mm!

Our Lodging

And because food and lodging go together, I’ll mention where we stayed: the John Carver Inn & Spa at 25 Summer Street, Plymouth. It was comfortable and clean. I think kids would really enjoy staying there because of their imaginative pool.

Panorama Shot of the Indoor Pool at the John Carver Inn

Places To See

For us, the nicest thing about the Inn was its location – walking distance to downtown, and next to a cul-de-sac with a small museum, two beautiful old churches, and a graveyard (by now you know I like old graveyards).

1749 Court House Museum, Free Admission, 4 Town Square, Plymouth

The museum had a display of the old courthouse, along with some cultural artifacts.

Unfortunately the churches are only open during worship hours, but we enjoyed seeing the outside of the buildings.

The First Parish Church of Plymouth, founded in 1620 by the pilgrims, this church built in 1899.
The Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth

Up the stone stairs from town square lies Burial Hill, a cemetery dating from the 1620s.  Governor William Bradford is buried there, though his original wooden marker no longer exists. A monument was erected in 1835.

“Under this stone rest the ashes of Will M [sic] Bradford a zealous puritan & sincere christian. Gov. of Ply. Col. from April 1621 to 1657. (the year he died 69) except for 5 yrs. which he declined. Qua patres difficillime adeptisunt nolite turpiten relinquere.” (What our forefathers secured with so much hardship do not easily relinquish)
Burial Hill located on School Street, Plymouth
Back in the day, the view down to the waterfront must have been wonderful.

The Rock

Last but not least, I cannot leave this blog without posting a photo of Plymouth Rock:

1925 Image of Plymouth Rock from the Library of Congress. For size reference, note the person standing above and to the side.
Here’s an amusing historical article about the small size of Plymouth Rock and its supposed history.

Despite the disappointing size of the rock, the waterfront park is really nice and there is a great view from above.

I think this huge structure was built to make up for the small size of Plymouth Rock.

We sat on a bench eating a picnic lunch and enjoying the view. We also appreciated this handsome statue of Massasoit, the great sachem leader of the Wampanoags.

Stay tuned for the next blog on the wonderful town of Sandwich, MA. And if you missed my two previous blogs about Plymouth, here they are: Part 1 and Part 2.

Feel free to add your comments below. Thank you for reading!



  1. Anonymous Anonymous

    Yup, many visitors to Plymouth are underwhelmed by the size of the Plymouth Rock, our nation’s first historical monument. The reason for it’s current size is that years ago, tourists could chip off pieces of the Rock to take home with them as souvenirs. The Portico was built to protect it. Even with its portico, the Rock has been vandalized with spray painted graffiti on a few occasions. As disturbing as that was, the Atlantic has done a great job buffing off any traces of that damage.

    • KarenGough KarenGough

      Oh very good to know, thank you! I will be more appreciative of the rock next time. 😉

  2. Anonymous Anonymous

    I agree re: Plymouth Rock not being larger!! Just kidding. Great photos and write-up!

    • KarenGough KarenGough

      Well it was a surprise to us! 😂Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Pat Parker Pat Parker

    I am so glad you enjoyed our lovely town. Most of our residents are friendly and helpful but maybe not to the extent of my daughter who you met. That was a very professional picture of her home. Hope you return, there is so much more to see. Loved the picture of Burial Hill. Looks like a post card. They do a guided tour with the curator of the Antiquarian society the first Saturday of the month during the summer and fall. There is a different subject each month.

    • KarenGough KarenGough

      I am so glad you enjoyed my blog and took the time to comment. Letting us know about the monthly tours of Burial Hill is a great tip, thank you! And yes, we will be back one day for sure, and I hope to meet you then! 😊

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      Thanks Mom! 😂
      Also thanks for your tip about the Burial Hill tours.

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