Cape Cod Historic Places,
Plymouth Home Of the Pilgrims
Cape Cod History, Plymouth

In 1858 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow captured every reader’s imagination when he wrote a poignant love story about two passengers on the ship Mayflower.
Longfellow's  “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” became required reading in every classroom when Longfellow quoted the words spoken by Priscilla Mullins to 23-year old John Alden, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?”

To get the full flavor of this love story and the young Alden family’s colonial experience you can explore the farms, the windmills, and the grist mills in settlements where Pilgrims like the Aldens first built their colonial houses, the villages of Cape Cod.

For your first stop head for the town of Plymouth Massachusetts where in November of 1620 the first English settlers came ashore.
You will find ample parking at the
Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 1627 village and living history museum where period rooms and costumed guides reveal the stark days of the pilgrims who would not have survived their first winter but for help from the Native Americans.
As it was, only half the number of the religious separatists newly arrived from England did survive the first year but they soon built the village of Sandwich to the south and
Duxbury to the north, towns named after towns in England. Here they would build their wood-frame homes so well that some, like the home of John Alden, still stand.
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Cape Cod Historic Places,  Plymouth Home Of the Pilgrims
Cape Cod Historic Places include Plymouth MA, where the Pilgrims first built their homes. Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 1627 village and living history museum offers period rooms and costumed guides that reveal the stark first winters of the pilgrims.
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Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small
commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford.   Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats  leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September)   at Provincetown.
Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up Cape Cod.
  • Upper Cape:
Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne and Sandwich define the northern limit of the upper Cape which includes Falmouth and Mashpee.  
  • Mid Cape
\Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth, Brewster and Dennis. The mid Cap is where you will find Hyannis Airport
  • Lower Cape
Lower Cape includes Orleans, Brewster, Harwich , and Chatham.
  • Outer Cape  
Outer Cape includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.