Sunday, September 11, 2011

2011 Pilgrims Progress

Every Friday night in August you can watch a "Pilgrim's Progress" in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Re-enactors portraying the exact roles of the 51 surviving Mayflower passengers who were living in March 1621 march from the Mayflower House to burial hill. This is a staged event by actors. 
11 September 2011, Plymouth, Massachusetts
However, every three years, when the Triennial Congress of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants meet in Plymouth, they hold a Pilgrim's Progress, too. All descendants are welcome to come dressed in period attire, or to borrow costumes from the Mayflower House, and recreate the same march. Men, women and children march from the Mayflower House to the monument on the top of Cole's Hill marking the burial spot of those who died that first winter in Plymouth, and then onto a church service in the Town Square at either the First Church or the Church of the Pilgrimage (both claim to be the church of the Pilgrims).
New Hampshire Mayflower members in costume!

Opening the 39th Mayflower Congress
at the First Church of Plymouth

Governor General Judy Swan and
Historian General Paul Bumpus
dedicating the newly renovated rose garden
at the Mayflower House at Plymouth, Massachusetts,
following the Pilgrim's Progress march
Pilgrims going to Church by George Henry Boughton

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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