The Mayflower replica looked pretty small sitting in the harbor but once on the ship it didn't feel nearly as small as it had looked.
Not a great picture since the actor is behind the mast there. But we talked to John Howland for a bit and he explained that he was a manservant for John Carver who is the first Governer of Plymouth and most likely the one who wrote the Mayflower Compact. It was interesting to talk to this actor because when we were at the Joseph Smith Memorial the day before he was the Ancestor that Joseph Smith was listed as decended from. They had a family tree there at the memorial that also showed that William Churchhill, George Bush, and a few other presidents were all descended from this John Howland. He was a young man when he came on the Mayflower but he has many very important descendents.
Looks like quite a big room for just one man but what do I know about what goes on in a ship.
This lady came on the boat and sat down waiting for someone to talk to her. We knew the drill so we asked her about herself.
Desire Minter. She came alone. Her family sent her to the New World under the care of John Carver because her recently widowed mother had remarried and felt like Desire would have a better chance in the New World. They had been living in Holland and it wasn't a good place for young ladies to make their way in the world.
Our girls talked to her for quite awhile. Desire was suppose to be about 15 years old so maybe they could relate to one another. Desire didn't talk about it but we knew her history from other things we had read already. She doesn't stay in Plymouth. She returns to England after that first hard winter.
Newport RI. We drove down Bellevue Ave which is where the Gilded age super wealthy were building the cottages. They certainly looked like Mansions to us. We drove around gawking at all the big beautiful places but never stopped to get out and I didn't even think to take any pictures.
We ordered some of the soup "to go" because the wait for a table was very long.