Explore old fashioned New England Thanksgiving traditions while touring Alden House.
From the “first Thanksgiving” in Plymouth celebrated after the Mayflower Pilgrims had “gathered the fruit of their labors,” Thanksgiving observances evolved to combine the English tradition of feasts held in celebration of a successful harvest with the Pilgrims’ religious day of holy remembrance. By the 19th century, Thanksgiving had become “the King and High Priest of all Festivals” in New England; a morning church service was followed by feasting, family reunions, weddings and community entertainments. Thanksgiving was designated a national holiday in 1863. Tours of Alden House will include tales of popular New England traditions and refreshments.
Admission is $8 for adults; and $5 for kids and students. Part of the original land grant given to Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Mullins Alden in 1627 and home to generations of Aldens, the property is now a National Historic Landmark and provides visitors with an intimate look at one of the country’s founding families.