Going on Faith

Summer 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] 32 [ PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS ] Plymouth Rock is nestled in the sand on the shore of Plymouth Harbor, "1620" chiseled into its surface. No evidence exists that this boulder was the landing spot where the Pilgrims stepped into the New World — only a story passed down from one of the original Mayflower passengers that identified it 121 years after the Mayflower arrived. That doesn't make it any less of an icon for visitors to Plymouth, Massachusetts, the site of the first Pilgrim settlement that also served as the capital of the colony. Plymouth is preparing for its 400th anniversary in 2020 with plans for festivi- ties and fanfare, and Pilgrim Memorial State Park, the site of Plymouth Rock, will be revamped, said Paula Fisher, marketing director for Destination Plymouth. Plimoth Plantation is the city's most-visited site, and the living-history village is a re-creation of what Pilgrims would have built in their first few years in the village. Re-enactors wearing period costume show visitors to the 17th-century English village and the Wampanoag Homesite what life was like at the time. The Plymouth Antiquarian Society owns and maintains three historic homes that are open for tours, and historic walking tours or step-on guides are avail- able. Groups can take guided tours of the First Parish Meetinghouse, which is the fifth building to sit on the site of the first meetinghouse, built in 1621, or visit Burial Hill next door and the Plimoth Grist Mill across the street. Thousands of people descend on Plymouth for Thanksgiving, and the city welcomes them with the weeklong America's Hometown Celebration, which features a parade, a food festival, a harvest market, concerts and living-histo- ry experiences. www.seeplymouth.com Courtesy Destination Plymouth Courtesy Elko CVA Top: A historic photo of Elko Bottom: Harlow Old Fort House in Plymouth INSPIRED BY SOUL. Whether you're seeking history, art, or culture, Macon is the perfect place for spiritual inspiration. Come see why it's more than a place on a map. It's a vibe all its own. 800.768.3401 | VisitMacon.org St. Joseph Cathedral

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