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Massachusetts, Duxbury, Plymouth Co.

Alden House Historic Site, Duxbury, MA1670s — Alden House Historic Site, Duxbury, MA
The first part was probably built for Pilgrim John Alden’s son Jonathan after the son’s marriage in 1673. The present Alden House was not the original home of John Alden in Duxbury. When John received his original land grant in 1627 (about 100 acres), he selected a house site some 100 yards east of the present location on a "rise of land near Eagletree Pond." It is not known why this particular spot was chosen or even why the house was relocated several decades later to its present site. In fact, it was not until 1960 before the precise location was even discovered.

http://www.alden.org/our_house/

 

Capt. Myles Standish Burying Ground Plaque and 4 Cannon, Duxbury MA1893 — Capt. Myles Standish Burying Ground Plaque and 4 Cannon, Duxbury MA
In 1890 E.J.V. Huiginn, an Episcopal clergyman with an interest in Myles Standish, organized an excavation of what was believed to be the Standish burying site. The remains of a 5’ 7” man, two women, and two young boys were found. They were identified as Myles Standish, daughter Lora (d. bef. Mar 1655), daughter-in-law Mary (Dingley) Standish (d. 1655) (wife of Josias) and Charles (c. 1624 - bef. 1634) and John Standish (d. bef. 1643). In 1893 the town of Duxbury erected the fort-like enclosure around the reinterred remains that had been placed in new coffins. Inscribed boulders mark the graves of Captain Myles, Lora and Mary. Four 32-pounder guns were placed at the corners of the masonry wall with a dozen 8” cannon balls stacked on pillars between the cannon.

1898 — Myles Standish Statue & Monument, Duxbury MA
Taking twenty-six years to complete, this 14' tall granite statue of Captain Myles Standish stands atop a 116' granite column with the Plymouth Colony charter in hand, pointing across the Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown. The monument was funded by the Standish Monument Association.

1930 — John Alden Memorial Stone, Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury MA
Stone reads: NEAR HERE LYES YE BODY OF / MR. JOHN ALDEN / WHO DIED IN DUXBURY / SEPT YE 12, 1687 AGED NEAR 88 YRS. / ERECTED BY THE ALDEN KINDRED OF AMERICA 1930

1930 — Priscilla Mullins Alden Memorial Stone, Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury MA
Stone reads: IN MEMORY OF/ MRS PRISCILLA ALDEN / YE WIFE OF JOHN ALDEN / WHO DIED IN DUXBURY / ERECTED BY THE ALDEN KINDRED OF AMERICA 1930

1971 George Soule Memorial Stone, Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, MA
“Nearby Rests / GEORGE SOULE / Pilgrim / A signer of / The Mayflower Compact / on Nov. the 11th  1620 / who died in / JANUARY 1679/80 / ERECTED BY SOULE KINDRED / 1971”

America’s Oldest Cemetery Plaque, Duxbury, MA1977 — America’s Oldest Cemetery Plaque, Duxbury, MA
A bronze plaque attached to a boulder in the Myles Standish Burying Ground reads: AMERICA’S OLDEST / MAINTAINED CEMETERY / MYLES STANDISH BURYING GROUND IS THE OLDEST / MAINTAINED CEMETERY IN THE UNITED STATES. / THIS SACRED GROUND HAS BEEN CARED FOR / BY THE TOWN OF DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, / AND TAKES ITS NAME FROM MYLES STANDISH, / MILITARY LEADER OF PLYMOUTH COLONY / WHO WAS INTERRED HERE IN OCTOBER OF 1656. / PLAQUE DEDICATED IN AUGUST 1977, / AS A BICENTENNIAL GIFT TO THE NATION / BY THE AMERICAN CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

2004 Philip Delano Land Grant Marker, Duxbury, MA
Marker on post. Cartouche at top: “DELANO KINDRED / INCORPORATED” surrounding the Delano coat of arms. Main marker: “PHILIP DELANO / (1602 – 1681) / Site of land granted to Philip in / 1637 by the Plymouth Colony Court. / Born in Leiden, a Huguenot, he / came to the Plymouth Colony on / the “Fortune” in 1621. A Purchaser, / he helped repay the Colony’s debts / to English merchants. Well respected, / he became a freeman. The Delano / Family in the Americas descends / from him. / DELANO KINDRED INC. 2004.”

Unknown — Elder William Brewster Cenotaph Monument, Duxbury MA

Massachusetts, Chatham, Barnstable Co.

Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham, MassachusettsUnknown — Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham, Massachusetts
“The station was established in 1808, the second light on Cape Cod. To distinguish it from Highland Light, the first Cape Cod light, and to act as a range, twin octagonal 40ft (12m) wooden towers were built. They were on skids so that they could be moved to keep them in line with the entrance channel as it shifted. Samuel Nye was appointed as the first Keeper of the Chatham Lights by President Jefferson on October 7, 1808.

  • 1841 The wood octagons were replaced with 40ft (12m) brick towers
  • 1857 Fourth order Fresnel lenses installed.
  • 1879 Current structures, of brick lined cast iron, were built.
  • 1923 Northern tower of the pair was moved roughly 12 miles north to become Nauset Light.
  • 1939 Chatham Light, which had been kerosene fueled since 1882, became electric.
  • 1969 Fresnel lens was replaced with a Carlisle & Finch DCB-224 rotating light generating over 2.8 million candlepower.
  • 1969 Lantern replaced
  • 1982 Automated, now one of the few lights that operates 24 hours a day.

Today, the former keeper's house is an active U.S. Coast Guard station, and on-duty personnel living quarters. Search and Rescue, maritime law enforcement, and Homeland Security missions are carried out here. Flotilla 11-01 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary operates from this station.
Chatham Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Chatham Light Station on June 15, 1987”

http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/chatham.html

Massachusetts, Bourne, Barnstable Co.

Aptucxet Trading Post, Bourne, MA1930 — Aptucxet Trading Post, Bourne, MA
These are the oldest remains of a Pilgrim building, the first trading post in Massachusetts. In 1926 a complete excavation revealed the original foundations of the 17th century trading post. The trading post was established in 1627 for trade with the Indian Wampanoag Federation. Isaac DeRasiere, Secretary of New Netherland, visited Aptucxet October, 1627 on board his barque Nassau. The current replica was erected in 1930, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the State Societies having raised approximately $10,000 toward the replication.  A memorial tablet was placed thereon.

http://www.bournehistoricalsociety.org/aptucxettradingpost.html

 

 

Maine, Augusta, Kennebec Co.

1932 — Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME1915 — Cushnoc (Koussinoc), Maine Trading Post Memorial Boulder, Augusta, ME
An act was introduced in the Maine Legislature that provided $5,000 to erect a monument in commemoration of the old Pilgrim trading post in Cushnoc (now the city of Augusta). The trading post had been established in 1628 to obtain furs to send back to England as payment to their backers, the Adventurers. Unfortunately the ship carrying the furs was captured by pirates. The General Society voted to approve the efforts of the Maine Society to secure passage.

1932 Tablet, Capitol Building, Augusta, ME
The state capitol of Maine is the only state capitol built upon land previously owned by the Pilgrims. The brass tablet located on the third floor of the Capitol is headed by an image of the Mayflower and reads: THE MAYFLOWER / DECEMBER 1620 / THIS TABLET IS PLACED / TO HONOR THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER / * * * / IN AN AGE / OF INTOLERANCE AND OF / BIGOTRY, THE PILGRIMS / OF THE MAYFLOWER LAID / THE FOUNDATIONS OF THIS / MIGHTY NATION WHEREIN / EVERY MAN, THROUGH / COUNTLESS AGES, SHALL / HAVE LIBERTY TO WORSHIP / GOD IN HIS OWN WAY / ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER / DESCENDANTS IN THE STATE OF MAINE / AUGUST 1932

1939 Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME
The memorial to this trading post on site that is in the form of a boulder bearing a plaque that reads: CUSHNOC TRADING POST / 1628 – 1661 / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST TRADING / VOYAGE OF THE PILGRIMS OF PLYMOUTH TO / THE ANCIENT INDIAN VILLAGE AT CUSHNOC / ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER, 1625, AND ON / THIS SITE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR / FUR TRADING POST WITH THE INDIANS, 1628, / JOHN HOWLAND IN COMMAND, 1634,  THIS TABLET ERECTED BY THE / SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF COLONIAL WARS / IN / THE STATE OF MAINE / 1639  The site is now occupied by New England's oldest surviving wooden fort, Old Fort Western, which was built in 1754. In 2009 plans were under way to recreate the Cushnoc Trading Post.

1939 — Cushnoc Trading Post Memorial Plaque on Bolder, Augusta, ME1975 Tablet, City Center Building, Augusta, ME
This shield shaped tablet in the office of the director of Fort Western is headed by the seal of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and reads: IN HONOR OF THOSE “MAYFLOWER” / PILGRIMS, WHO, UNDER EDWARD WINSLOW, / FIRST TRADED WITH THE INDIANS ON THE / KENNEBEC IN 1625, AND LATER ESTABLISHED / A TRADING POST AT KOUSSINOK / (AUGUSTA) ON THIS SITE, AND THUS / WERE ENABLED TO PAY OFF THEIR / DEBT TO THE LONDON MERCHANT / ADVENTURERS, THIS PLAQUE IS / RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED IN THIS / 350TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR / BY THE SOCIETY OF /  MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS / IN THE STATE OF MAINE / ROBERT L. STEVENS / GOVERNOR / AUG. 26, 1975

1975 Plaque, Fort Western, Augusta, ME
This bronze plaque reads: ANCIENT/KENNEBEC [surrounds the seal of the General Society] / 1625 1975 / 350TH ANNIVERSARY / OF THE / BRADFORD CHARTER WHICH GRANTED LAND HERE / AND I15 MILES ON EACH SIDE OF THE KENNEBEC / RIVER TO THE PILGRIMS AT PLYMOUTH. / ON OR NEAR THIS SITE THE PILGRIMS ESTABLISHED / A ‘FITT TRADING PLACE IN YE RIVER KENNEBEC” / E. FREDERICK LOW, GOVERNOR GENERAL / VIRGINIA E. ADAMSON, GOVERNOR / MAINE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS. It was subsequently relocated in 1980 to Hallowell, ME (q.v.).

1993 Cushnoc Archeological Site Plaque, Augusta, ME
A plaque on a bolder in front of the City Center Building reads: CUSHNOC / ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE / HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A / NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK / THIS SITE POSSESSES NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE / IN COMMEMORATING THE HISTORY OF THE / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / 1993 / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Massachusetts, Boston, Suffolk Co.

Mary Chilton and John Winslow Tablet, King’s Chapel Burial Ground, Boston, MA1901 — Mary Chilton and John Winslow Tablet, King’s Chapel Burial Ground, Boston, MA
A tablet on the fence of the burial ground reads: KING’S CHAPEL BURIAL GROUND / 1630 / HERE WERE BURIED / JACOB SHEAFE 1658, JOHN WINSLOW 1674 / MARY CHILTON 1679, / A PASSENGER IN THE MAYFLOWER / AND WIFE OF JOHN WINSLOW. / MAJOR THOMAS SAVAGE 1682 / LADY ANDROS 1688, / CAPTAIN ROGER CLAP 1690, THOMAS BRATTLE 1713, / PROFESSOR JOHN WINTHROP 1776, / JAMES LLOYD 1831, CHARLES BULFINCH 1844. / ---------- / WILLIAM DAWES, JR. / PATRIOT AN SON OF LIBERTY / APRIL 6 1745 – FEBRUARY 23 1799. / THIS TABLET PLACED BY THE CITY 1901

1920 — Mary Chilton and John Winslow House Site Tablet, Boston, MA
A bronze tablet marks the house site on Spring Lane, Boston, of John and Mary Chilton Winslow. The arched top tablet, with an image of the Mayflower bordered in “rope” in the arch, reads: 1620  1920 / MARY CHILTON / THE ONLY MAYFLOWER PASSENGER / WHO REMOVED FROM PLYMOUTH TO BOSTON / DIED HERE IN 1679 / JOHN WINSLOW AND MARY CHILTON / WERE MARRIED AT PLYMOUTH ABOUT 1624 / CAME TO BOSTON ABOUT 1657 / AND BOUGHT A HOUSE ON THIS SITE IN 1671 / JOHN WINSLOW DIED HERE IN 1674 / AS A PASSENGER ON THE MAYLFOWER IN 1620 / MARY CHILTON CAME TO AMERICA / BEFORE ANY OTHER WHITE WOMAN / WHO SETTLED IN BOSTON / THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED BY THE / MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY OF / MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS / JOHN BERNARD SCULPTER 1920

1998 — The Brewster Islands Plaque, Boston Harbor, MA
This plaque was a joint effort of the General Society and the Elder William Brewster Society. The text [only the case of the first 3 words  and line sequence are given here as on the plaque] reads: “THE BREWSTER ISLANDS / as you look out into Boston Harbor, about a mile and a half directly to the front, you will see the four Brewster Islands. They are, from left to right, Great Brewster, Middle Brewster, Little Brewster (with the Boston Light on it), and Outer Brewster. All were named in September 1621 by members of a Pilgrim Expedition, led by Miles Standish, which had sailed up from Plymouth in a shallop to explore the area. The four islands were named to honor Elder William Brewster, the patriarch and ruling elder from 1609 until his death in 1644. Elder Brewster dedicated his life to members of the Pilgrim Group.”

John and Mary Chilton Winslow Grave Stone, Old King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston MAUnknown — John and Mary Chilton Winslow Grave Stone, Old King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston MA
John Winslow, who came on the Fortune, was a brother of Pilgrim Edward Winslow. He married Mary, a daughter of Pilgrims James and Susanna Chilton. King's Chapel is a Unitarian church in Boston, Massachusetts, located at the corner of Tremont Street and School Street. Its burying ground is the oldest in Boston. This small modern arched top stone at the foot of a raised flat topped tomb reads: JOHN WINSLOW / PASSENGER ON THE FORTUNE / MARY CHILTON / PASSENGER ON THE MAYFLOWER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois, Chicago, Cook Co.

1868 — Chicago Congregational Church Stone, Chicago, IL
A gravestone dated 1595 was sent from the Delfshaven, Holland, Olde Kirke to be placed in the wall of this new church.

1881 — Scrooby Font, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
In 1881, Mr. William H. Bradley, who was a member of the New England Congregational Church in Chicago, was traveling to England. On that visit he met Lady Lowther who had knowledge of the Scrooby’s St. Wilfrid’s Church. It appears that some years earlier this church had been renovated and that while the base of the font now supported a newly designed bowl, the font itself was now unused and stored away. It struck Mr. Bradley that if he could acquire this historic font for the New England Church, it would serve as a fitting memorial to his daughter, Mary, and her two infant sons, all of whom had died recently before his trip to England. Lady Lowther made arrangements with Lord Houghton, the proprietor of the Scrooby estates, and with the Warden of the Scrooby Church. On March 1, 1882, Mr. Bradley formally presented the Scrooby font to the New England Church. On July 14, 1936, the building of the New England Congregational Church burned. The Scrooby font was saved from the fire and the Wellington Avenue Congregational Church was asked to be its custodian in order that "it may be conserved and used to the glory of God." The font was formally given to Wellington Church on February 25, 1942.
A plaque on the font reads:
“BAPTISMAL*FONT / OF*THE*FOURTEENTH / CENTURY*FROM*THE / CHURCH*AT*SCROOBY*ENGLAND /  NEAR*THE*MANOR*HOUSE*WHERE*THE / FIRST*CHURCH*OF*THE*PILGRIMS*WAS / FORMED*GIVEN*AUGUST*24*1881*BY*LADY / ISABELLA*L*H*LOWTHER*OF*WILTON*CASTLE / YORKSHIRE*TO*WILLIAM*H*BRADLEY*TO*BE / PLACED*IN*THE*NEW*ENGLAND*CHURCH*IN / MEMORY*OF*HIS*BELOVED*DAUGHTER / MARY*C*GRAY*WIFE*OF*WILLIAM / HARRISON*BRADLEY*AND* OF /WILLIAM*HENRY*AND*BRYSON*DELAVAN / THEIR*INFANT*SONS

Leiden Pilgrim Settlement Stone, Chicago Tribune Square

1953 — Leiden Pilgrim Settlement Stone, Chicago Tribune Square,  Chicago, IL
The citizens of Leiden sent a stone from the house occupied by Pastor John Robinson in 1609 in Leiden to the Chicago Tribune to be embedded in the walls of Tribune Square as part of a collection of famous stones. A similar stone was presented to the General Society in 1954. It arrived aboard the BOAC airliner Mayflower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine, Howland, Penobscot Co.

Town of Howland, Maine1825 — Howland, Maine Named for Pilgrim John Howland
This village, located at the junction of the Piscataquis and Penobscot rivers in central Maine, was named to honor Pilgrim John Howland who had been the first agent at the Cushnoc (Augusta) trading post in Maine.

http://www.howlandmaine.com

 

 

Florida, Orlando, Orange Co.

'New World Bound,' which is played against the backdrop of a series of paintings depicting the Mayflower voyage and the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth Rock.Unknown — Epcot, Orlando, FL
The American Adventure Pavilion has an audio-animatronics display of figures from American history. An unidentified Pilgrim is included.

'New World Bound,' which is played against the backdrop of a series of paintings depicting the Mayflower voyage and the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth Rock.

 http://www.disney-pal.com/Epcot/american_adventure_fun_facts.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine, Hallowell, Kennebec Co.

1980 — Kennebec Plaque, Hallowell, ME
The “Ancient Kennebec” plaque originally placed in Augusta in 1975 (q.v. for text) was relocated in 1980 to a brick wall of a building at 136 Walnut Street owned by the past governor of the Maine Mayflower Society, Eben L. Elwell. The city is named for Benjamin Hallowell, a Boston merchant and one of the Kennebec Proprietors, holders of land originally granted to the Plymouth Company by the British monarchy in the 1620s.

England, Spalding, Lincolnshire

2009 — John Billington Plaque, Spalding, England
Wooden plaque in Spalding Gentlemen’s Society reading “In memory / of ‘ John Billington, Wife Elinor, / and sons John Jr., Francis – Passengers / In 1620 on Pilgrim Ship Mayflower / Believed from Cowbit Lincolnshire / near Spalding, England / Richard L. Mix Family 2009” The Club is one of the oldest learned societies in the United Kingdom, having been founded in 1710. It is the earliest provincial associations for the encouragement of archaeology. The plaque was placed by The Billington Family Association founder Richard Mix.

Maine, Damarsicove, Lincoln Co.

Unknown – Information Label, Museum, Damariscove, ME
The Museum on the two-mile long island Damariscove has a small sign reading: “1622 / During the early days of the Ply- / mouth Colony there were thirteen year / round fishermen living on / Damariscove. After a particularly / harsh winter, the fishermen of the / island supplied the colonists with / much needed provisions.”  There is no mention of the destruction by a violent storm of the Little James in the harbor there in 1624.

England, Southwark, London

Sailing of the Mayflower Plaque, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London1780 — The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, England
This pub was built on the site of The Shippe pub that dates back to circa 1550. The Shippe was rebuilt and renamed the Spread Eagle and Crown in 1780 and then renamed as The Mayflower in 1957.

1955 — Pilgrim Father's Memorial Church Font, Southwark, London, England
This church is the post World War II successor church to the 1788 Union Street and 1864 Buchenham Square Southwark Independent Church. The font, a gift of the church's minister, Dr. A. D. Belden (1883-1964), is fashioned out of a piece of Plymouth Rock that was originally intended as a foundation stone for the building.

1966 — Christopher Jones Plaque, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, England
Christopher Jones was Master (captain) and part owner of the Mayflower that in 1620 carried the Pilgrims to New England. He was not a “Pilgrim” although he played a most important part in their lives. In 1611 Jones had moved the ship from his home town and port of Harwich to Rotherhithe, then the center of England’s trade, located on the south bank of the Thames. The ship was registered there from that date until it was broken up in 1624. The last entry about the Mayflower in the Port of London Customs Book for “Christopher Jones, of ‘The Mayflower’” was in October 1621. Jones died in 1622. His grave was lost and a new memorial was erected to him in the year of the 375th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. The plaque reads “THE MAYFLOWER / Christopher Jones, Master and part owner / was buried in this churchyard, 5th March 1622. / This Tablet was erected on the occasion of the / 250th Anniversary of the Consecration / of this Church”

'Sunshine Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket' Statue, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London1995 — Sailing of the Mayflower Plaque, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, England
The People of the London Borough of Southwark placed a plaque commemorating the sailing of the Mayflower under the command of Rotherhithe’s Christopher Jones. The round blue plaque reads: “London Borough of Southwark / Sailing of the Mayflower / In 1620 the Mayflower sailed from / Rotherhithe on the first stage of / its epic voyage to America / In command was Captain/Christopher Jones / of Rotherhithe / Voted by the People”

Unknown — “Sunshine Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket” Statue, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, England
This life sized statue depicts the astonishment of a 17th century Pilgrim and a boy reading a 1930’s comic, whilst a frisky Staffordshire Bull Terrier clamors for attention. The pilgrim’s pocket contains an A-Z, dated 1620! The statue reflects the area’s past connection to the Pilgrims. Erected by the Mayflower Tenants Assn., Sunshine Weekly and the Pilgrim’s Pocket.