Teen authors David & Laura Lee (Inspire us to write)

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Trip to Plimoth Plantation

Written By: David T. Lee - Nov• 20•11



I was so excited. We were going to Plimoth Plantation! The bus was roaring at the front door of the school. Minutes later, I heard the engine jump to a start and we were off!

Two hours later, we heard an “ERKKK!” and our bus stopped right in the plantation. We ran off the bus onto a small grassy field, awaiting our adventure. I wondered, “What would we see at Plimoth Plantation?”

The whole place looked so traditional when we entered the Wampanoag’s section that I stared in awe at the matt-covered wetu, bark-covered longhouses, the boats, the Wampanoags galore. Then, an empty boat with oars caught my eye. “Wow, I thought, there’s a longboat to sit in!” But I wasn’t the only one who thought of sitting on the longboat. When I boarded the boat, I already saw a few kids from my team sitting in the boat.

We took turns maneuvering the oars. We went on to discover the “chief” of the section, several longhouses made of bark, branches, rope, and though real Wampanoag longhouses have animal guts but I didn’t see them.

As we exited the Wampanoag’s side of the plantation, we stumbled upon a new path leading to the 1627 Pilgrim Village. First we entered a fort that looked very much like a house. It had big cannons, real cannons stationed at the top floor. Our team found out that we could sit on them. When I sat on a cannon for the first time, the outer layer was really cold!

We kept hiking on the path and finally, we entered the 1627 Pilgrim Village. While we were at the entrance of the Village, I could clearly see a farm in a short distance. I never knew that the Pilgrims actually had chickens in their farms, as I saw some children chasing some farm animals and it turned out to be a few chickens.

“Where are the cows?” I thought as I clearly could see that there were no cows in the farm. I had expected to see cows in the Pilgrims farm. Soon after we walked away from the farm, we spotted a bendy path. Seeing that it would lead to a house, we followed the path and entered the house we saw.

Imagine my surprise when I got there! It looked a little like a modern house as it had a modern bed and a little bit modern walls. After we finished our lunch, we entered the Craft Center and saw workers working on beautiful and fascinating artifacts like clay pots and Pilgrim clothes. Next, we topped the trip off by going in the Kid’s Play section and took a look at a Thanksgiving exhibit.

As we rode out of the plantation, I thought about the wonderful things we saw for the whole day. The 1627 Pilgrim Village is a re-creation of some of the houses, storehouses, farming community and everything else that the English colonists had established in Plymouth near 1627. There are role-players in the area. The Wampanoag’s Homesite is specially made to depict a Wampanoags’ village at the same period. There are a few homes that show how the Wampanoags lived, planted crops and gathered food along the coast. When our ride back to school passed the Mayflower II, I wished I could go back to Plimoth Plantation again and visit the rest of it.

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