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Richard Sparrow House

42 Sumner Street, Plymouth, MA
508-747-1240
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Ranked #17 of 39 attractions in Plymouth
Type: Historic Sites, Art Galleries
Description: Built in 1640, this is Plymouth's oldest house.
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English first
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful small "museum" to visit while in Plymouth. The main part of the house is a gift store that only sells products made by artists in the United States. Absolutely beautiful, BEAUTIFUL products. I'm a bit of a minimalist, but was so tempted several times by the hand-thrown pottery. The lady working that day (July 10th, noon)... More

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A good glimpse of what life was like for the settlers. From the low height of the doorways, the narrowness of the stairway, and the simple furnishings you get a sense of what their life was like. I would recommend not just peeking in but spend some time in reflection.

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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This two room museum & shop is a quick look into the simplicity of Pilgrim life. They ask for a donation, but don't demand an admission fee. The gift shop is a step or two above the touristy kitsch! Take a few minutes to see the house. It's right near the grist mill and the cemetery.

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Herefordshire
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113 reviews 113 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is the oldest timbered house in Plymouth which makes it worth a visit as Plymouth has many sites of historic interest. The gift shop has some very tasteful items not found in in the usual gift shops, making it the ideal place to purchase a special present. The staff are very helpful and take a real pride in their... More

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Hannibal, Missouri, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The "Oldest House in Plymouth". Does that make it the oldest house in the U.S.? Either way, if you go to Plymouth and don't check this out, you will always wish you did. It is worth the stop, for sure.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Nice little gift shop with lots of pretty items, nice proprietors and elegantly wrapped gifts. I needed something for a very special occasion. The person won't be disappointed by the presentation or the gift for sure!!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I have been going here for years with my mom and sister. They have some of the best jewelry and other items. For Christmas or birthdays I always stop by to do some of my shopping and they always have new items. You can tell they take pride in their items and are always very friendly and helpful. Just watch... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Some of the most unique jewelry and gifts can be found in this "museum"( Richard Sparrow House). This small house contains every type of art work imaginable. Wall art, cubbard art, dining room art, body art. You will indulge in one form or another.

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Jacksonville
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great local shop for getting handmade crafts, got a great mug, jewelry and hand blown glass items, I little bit of everything, spent an hour or so just browsing. Great little shop by the Jenny Mill.

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Hamburg, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This was one stop on our visit to Plymouth and it is a small house with spartan furniture and a few utensils used about the time of the pilgrims. Fitting for the times - it was a spartan life. It was still worth the very modest fee to show my teen child the very sparcity with which the people lived... More

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