First stop was the Wampanoag village where some natives showed us how to burn out a log to make a canoe.
Then we headed into the Village which is a recreation of Leyden street. They called it Leyden Street because many of those that came over on the Mayflower came from Leiden, Holland where they had been living.
The pilgrim people in these houses each represented and acted as their character. Each had been assigned a specific person to be and they were those people talking to us in accents and as if we entered into their everyday life. I didn't realize they were going to speak as if they were actually their character so the first one we talked to I made the mistake and asked him which character he was supposed to be. He looked at me strange and said "I am myself". Once we figured out how this works and asked him his name properly. He told us he was Joseph Rogers
This is Fear Brewster Allerton. She was so much fun to talk to. She was cooking chicken in a dutch oven over the fire while she spoke to us. She talked a bit about what foods they ate. They were allowed swan and even dear here. Those were forbidden back in England. Those were foods only for royalty. They ate a lot of lobster, which she was not excited about. She said lobster doesn't fill the belly like bread did.
She talked a bit about getting married recently to Isaac Allerton and having two step children. She explained her coming to the plantation aboard the Fortune and not the Mayflower. She had been left in England when the Speedwell took on water and couldn't make the trip. She was very friendly and at one point we discussed the books she had on her table and one was the bible and one was a book of psalms. They don't sing hymns in her puritan beliefs they only sing the psalms. She asked me what my favorite was. Put on the spot I could only remember the 23rd and the 100. She handed her book to me and wanted me to sing along with her. She did a solo since I didn't know the tune! plus the words in her book were not the same as the ones I have in my King James version and they were in a rather hard to read font. She joked that my education was a bit behind.
Priscilla Mullens Alden. She too had been recently married to her husband John who was a barrel maker. In her cabin there were tools and such for making barrels. We didn't get her talking as well as some of the other actors. She told us a bit about herself. She and her husband weren't separatists so were church of England. It was interesting to see how the two groups lived together in the village but had such different views on religion.
As we walked by Fear's house we noticed a different lady inside so we went in to talk to her.
The woman in the cabin was her mother Mary. She was making a gravy to go on the chicken for her daughter. She had a whole lot to tell us about the differences between the separatists beliefs and those of the Church of England.
We spent a lot of time in this village talking to all the different characters. That was really the best part of the visit. The buildings were interesting and we were amazed by the amount of furniture they houses actually had. Evidently the hold of the ship can transport quite a bit of tables, chairs, and chests. But talking to the people and learning the history this way was very enjoyable and made it much more memorable.
After looking through the gift shop a bit and while the others continued to try to find gifts to take home Sophie and I decided we would head to the cafe and get some fish and chips. We were so hungry and that meal tasted so good. And the day wasn't over yet. We still needed to head into the city of Plymouth and see the Mayflower II which was docked there as well as Plymouth Rock.