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Plymouth Rock

No American historical tour is complete without a personal encounter with this symbol of national identity and origins.

It’s not whether Plymouth Rock is the actual site of the Pilgrims’ landing that makes it special; that’s a matter of some dispute among historians. For Alexis De Tocqueville, Cole Porter and American schoolchildren everywhere, Plymouth Rock has continually served as a reminder of why the Pilgrims sought freedom in the New World. Note its humble appearance but remarkable significance. Now one-third to one-half of its original size, its miraculous survival reflects the survival of America itself.

Learn of the story of the famous rock. In 1741, when plans were drawn to build a wharf upon the Plymouth shoreline, one Plymouth resident, 94-year-old Thomas Faunce, wanted to visit the site before construction began. His father, he said, had shown him a rock that marked exactly where the Pilgrims had landed. He was conveyed to the site by chair and wept at the large stone we call “Plymouth Rock” to this day.

Since its dedication, Plymouth Rock has endured intense trials. In 1774 it was split in two during an effort to move it from the wharf to the town meetinghouse. In these troubled times just before the Revolutionary War, many interpreted this break as a sign that the Americans should “break” from England. The “1620” engraving on the rock, referring to the year the Pilgrims landed, was added when the two pieces of the rock were rejoined in 1880.

At various times, other changing fortunes befell the rock. Learn all of the entertaining details from the guides who stand next to it from May through Thanksgiving Day and answer questions. Spot the rock as you walk along Plymouth Harbor, just south of Mayflower II. Its unmistakable Roman-style housing makes it difficult to miss.

Pieces of Plymouth Rock are kept in veneration all over America. To see the original is a rare treat. Make contact not just with America’s founding, but with the way Americans have related to that story of the nation’s origin over the years.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Plymouth hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Richard Sparrow House and Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Harbor and Plimoth Plantation are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth £124
    Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth

    Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth

    10 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colony Place and Mayflower Brewing Company. Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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      Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

      Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

      180 Water St, Plymouth, MA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Plymouth Cultural District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock. Waterfront Visitor Information Center and Plymouth Memorial Hall are also within 10 minutes.

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        Blue Anchor Guesthouse

        Blue Anchor Guesthouse

        7 Lincoln Street, Plymouth, MA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Plymouth, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Jabez Howland House and Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Harbor and Plimoth Plantation are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth £139
          Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth

          Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth

          4 Home Depot Dr, Plymouth, MA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Plymouth, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II and Plymouth Memorial Hall. Plymouth Harbor and National Monument to the Forefathers are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Best Western Plus Cold Spring £139
            Best Western Plus Cold Spring

            Best Western Plus Cold Spring

            180 Court St, Plymouth, MA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Plymouth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nelson Memorial Park and Plymouth Harbor. Plymouth Rock is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Plymouth Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach £115
              Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach

              Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach

              150 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Plymouth, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Plymouth Long Beach and Plimoth Plantation. Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Plymouth Inn £118
                Plymouth Inn

                Plymouth Inn

                155 Samoset St, Plymouth, MA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the city centre, this hotel is close to National Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth Harbor and Plymouth Rock. Also nearby are Plymouth Memorial Hall and Pilgrim Hall Museum.