Since being organized in 1897, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and its various State Societies (New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania predating the General Society), Pilgrim family associations, other patriotic organizations and individuals have dedicated, sponsored or otherwise participated in the erection of numerous memorial monuments, statues, tablets, plaques, etc. to the memory of the Pilgrim ancestors.
During the period 1989-1992 the Mayflower Quarterly editor, the late Richard L. Husband, assembled 294 sites by category in the Quarterly. The late SMDPA Assistant General Katharine F. Little, former Chairwoman of the General Society's Historic Sites Committee, helped Mr. Husband. Additional memorials have been gleaned from Centennial History — General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1897-1997; The Mayflower Quarterly; The Howland Quarterly; The Pennsylvania Mayflower; the Mayflower and Pilgrim Historic Sites booklet of the General Society’s Historic Sites Committee; Dr. Jeremy D. Bangs; websites of various historic sites in Holland, England and America; and numerous other sources and contributors, many of whom visited memorials on GSMD Historic Sites tours or on their own. Our thanks to them all for their information and photographs.
The earliest sites in America would of course be the locations where the Pilgrims first landed, explored Cape Cod, encountered the Native Americans, and the abandoned Native American Patuxet where they chose to settle and name Plymouth. Memorials may consist of markers, statues, edifices or names given to an area associated with someone or something. Of course a site may be “historic” whether it has a marker or not. The earliest Plymouth memorial would probably be the identification in 1741 of Plymouth Rock by Elder Thomas Faunce whose father had arrived on the Anne in 1623. The oldest extant Pilgrim gravestone actually placed at the time of a Pilgrim’s death is that of Richard More who died in Salem in 1696. “Pilgrims” as used here refers not only to the 1620 Mayflower passengers, but also their children and others who arrived on later ships such as the Fortune.
To be more useful to those who seek out the sites and their memorials, they have been reorganized from a strictly chronological order to a list by country, state (if in America), town (county or shire identified), and date of erection. We will try to have a related image. For many markers the complete text is given. For example, if you were going to be in Switzerland you would go to Switzerland: and then click your destination. Currently there is only Geneva. Clicking that will yield sites known to us there, e.g., the only one: “1917 — International Monument to the Reformation, Geneva, Switzerland. Usually known as the Reformation Wall, is a monument that honors many of the main individuals, events, and documents of the Protestant Reformation by depicting them in statues and bas-reliefs. The Wall is in the grounds of the University of Geneva, which was founded by John Calvin. There are ten statues of Calvinism's main proponents. The four Genevan reformers are flanked by smaller statues of major Protestant figures, bas-reliefs, and inscriptions. Oliver Cromwell is surrounded by Pilgrims praying on the deck of the Mayflower.” If you were travelling in Pennsylvania, you would click Pennsylvania: and see what towns have sites and then click your destination to see what is listed there.
Click the municipality below that you wish to visit. You can then print its information.