Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day #128/175 Days - Field Trip (Part 1)

Because we did so many different things today, I am going to break up the posts. Our first stop of the day was to the National Monument to the Forefathers.

This monument stands 81-feet tall and was commissioned by the Pilgrim Society. All of the components on the monument depict the reasons why the Pilgrims came to America. I was simply in awe of this structure as we walked around and took it all in. In 1974 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

I am very grateful to a friend of mine (her daughter gives us all piano lessons). When I mentioned where we were headed on our trip, she quickly grabbed a sheet of paper and started jotting down places we should check out. Come to find out she grew up in Plymouth! Without Deb's guidance we never would have gone here or seen Burial Hill later in the afternoon. And these two places were definitely favorites for me!

Here are some more photos of the Monument....

These two spots list all the Mayflower passengers who arrived on the first ship.

"Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all praise."
- William Bradford

An example of the high relief shown under each of the four larger statues. I think this one is "Embarcation." (basically setting sail)

Looking up....way up!

It's impossible to capture the scope of this monument. It's immense!

Under each of the four large statues (which are each named), there are two (one on each side) of these smaller carvings. Each one (big and small) represents something that caused the Pilgrims to come to America.

A close-up of the head of the tallest statue.

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