I am in Plymouth (think Pilgrims) all the time. I live in a neighboring town and I absolutely love living so close to so much history. Sometimes I take it for granted that the first English settlers actually lived about fifteen minutes from where I live now. It’s crazy, actually. There are so many old buildings that I walk past all the time and usually don’t even give a second thought to.
Chris and I were in Plymouth a couple of weeks ago for lunch and as we walked past some old buildings, I stopped and took a few pictures.
This is the 1749 Court House:
It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America.
I know it’s hard to read, but the sign says:
THE TOWN HOUSE OF PLYMOUTH
ON THIS SITE UNTIL 1749 STOOD
THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE
OF THE OLD COLONY
IN THAT YEAR THIS BUILDING WAS ERECTED
BY THE COUNTY FOR A COURT HOUSE
IT WAS USED JOINTLY BY THE COUNTY
AND THE TOWN UNTIL 1820
AND THEN BECAME THE PROPERTY OF THE TOWN
AND HAS BEEN EVER SINCE USED AS A TOWN HOUSE
These days the courthouse is a museum that’s filled with interesting items from Plymouth’s history. It is only open from June to September, though, so we weren’t able to get in to take pictures.
This is the First Church of Plymouth and it’s right next door to the 1749 Court House.
Founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, it is the oldest church congregation in the United States in continuous operation. This building was built in 1899, but it stands on the site where the congregation’s meeting house has been located. It’s located at 19 Town Square in Plymouth, MA.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the Mayflower, Burial Hill or Plymouth Rock – pictures of those are coming this week.