As children, many of us were taught that the first place the Pilgrims landed in the New World was on Plymouth Rock but the first landing actually took place in Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod on November 21, 1620.
The true story is written on http://www.millsgen.com/gen/hist/pilstor4.htm "On 19 November 1620, after four months on board, the Pilgrims sighted Cape Cod. They tried to make for the Hudson River, but were turned back by tumultuous storms. Now that they had made it to the continent, they were many miles north of the Virginia colony and there was no way they could reach it due to the inclement weather. They finally came to rest in Provincetown Harbor on 21 November 1620, where "they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who brought them over the vast and furious ocean and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof." The voyage from Plymouth had taken 65 days."
The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing and they have a beautiful lighting ceremony to watch on November 23rd from 5-7pm. More info at Pilgrim Monument
The spectacular 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument dazzles the night sky with thousands of white lights. Traditionally, the illumination of the Monument occurs precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.
Photo: Chuck Anzalone
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