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Ah finally we got to go to a place that I remember so fondly as the ‘school field trip’ location of my youth! When I was young we regularly went here (and to Sturbridge Village) – so often that I felt as if I had both memorized. But a lot has changed since then. It was a hot day, and I’m happy my kids made it through without too much complaint.

We arrived on a day when they had a demonstration of cooking/baking in the 1680s – and they pointed out that since wheat and sugar were rarely plentiful, a cake or ‘butter pie’ like the one seen below was an extra special treat. I was fascinated to learn that part of the reason why people back in England kept rumoring Plimoth as a ‘paradise’ was largely due to the fact that the pilgrims could eat whatever they caught. According to the actors at the site – swan, deer, pheasants etc were game that – when captured back in England – was considered the King’s property and only he could eat it. Who knew? The thought that our country may’ve been started largely based on the culinary boredom of English eaters kind of makes me giggle…

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