National Monument to the Forefathers

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National Monument to the Forefathers

National Monument to the Forefathers
4.5
Historic Sites • State Parks • Monuments & Statues
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States, this 81-foot-tall granite statue was built to honor the passengers of the Mayflower. Boston sculptor Hammatt Billings designed the monument which features allegorical figures depicting the virtues of Faith, Morality, Education, Law, and Liberty. A dedication on the monument reads, “National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty.” The original design called for the monument to be nearly twice as tall at 150 feet (just under the Statue of Liberty’s height of 151 feet). The monument is free to visit and open to the public year-round. Its site is managed and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and their furry companions (on a leash) to enjoy the monument's lawn.
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,418 contributions
As part of our visit to Pilgrim Memorial State Park, we went to the waterfront section to visit Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II; and, after lunch, we visited this section of the state park that holds the National Monument to the Forefathers.

My family visited Plymouth Rock and this monument after every Thanksgiving dinner for about two decades when my family lived in a nearby city.

At over 80 feet tall, this monument is very impressive – much more so than Plymouth Rock.

As one walks around the monument, a lot of details come out.

The figure of Faith stands on the top pedestal of the monument.

Each of the four seated figures around the lower tier of the monument stands for a principle on which the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony ~ Morality, Law, Education, and Liberty. Details on the sides of each chair have words such as Justice, Mercy. Morality, Wisdom, etc. I hadn’t noticed these before.

The names of the passengers on the Mayflower are on one of the panels.

The monument is on the National Register of Historic Places.

We rate National Monument to the Forefathers at 5.0 and highly recommend a visit.

This is a must-see attraction in Plymouth.

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Written September 13, 2021
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MaryannF650
Clarksville, TN1,380 contributions
Friends
A group of seniors, along with me and my husband, were visiting Plymouth during a tour of Cape Cod. This was one of our stops along the way. What a magnificent statue!

According to available literature, “Formerly known as the Pilgrim Monument, the idea was conceived in 1820…It was completed in 1888, a 81-foot-tall granite statue built to honor the passengers of the Mayflower…she stands facing the harbor, welcoming those who come by water.

“The central figure is surrounded by four ancillary figures (Morality, Education, Law, and Liberty)…they are meant to represent the principles upon which the Pilgrims Fathers proposed to found their Commonwealth, and they illustrate how these ideals were transferred to the New World.”

It is now called The National Monument to the Forefathers. A must see and photograph.
Written June 25, 2022
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Snarglebop
Minnesota266 contributions
Family
I saw this site on my phone as we entered Plymouth and felt up for a detour. It’s a hidden gem, with my car the only one visiting … and other people just walking their dogs. The monument includes great artistic representations of values and events. It inspired a great chat with my son.
Written April 21, 2022
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Robert G
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This fully granite monument depicting the foundations of a free society deserves more praise and attention, like Kirk Cameron did when he produced the movie Monumental which features the structure at the conclusion. Every young person in America needs to understand, and better, visit this monument to learn the 3 pillars of a successful and free society, Morality, the Law, and Education, that create the all-important 4th pillar, Liberty. Easy and quick access to the monument, up close and personal, Bring your camera and zoom in to all the words and scenes that highlight how we have created the Liberty we enjoy.
Written May 24, 2021
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travelguy294
Flemington, NJ2 contributions
Statue of Faith staring in the direction of Plymouth, England. Somewhat reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty but solid granite. Some what hidden in a residential area; 10 min walk uphill from waterfront. Interesting sculptures on pedestal all the way around the structure.
Written June 2, 2022
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Audrey N
Swansea, MA318 contributions
Couples
This 81’ statue is an awesome site when you first see it. The setting is stark which makes the monument even more surprising. It is the largest solid granite monument in the U.S. and features the principles and virtues of the Pilgrims. Well worth finding in an off the beaten path!
Written September 30, 2020
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,314 contributions
Solo
There's a tour available that is apparently very informative. I didn't take the tour. Instead I read up on this site and learned a lot. Do one or the other: take a tour or read up on this. It's supposed to be the largest solid granite statue in the country.
Written April 25, 2021
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amandaC207603
Maine129 contributions
Couples
A beautiful place to pray for our country. The monument is much bigger than I thought it would be. There is plenty of free parking, not sure about a bathroom. Hubby used a port-potty there for workers. I waited to use a bathroom when we got to the waterfront. Gravel driveway and grass to the monument so not great for wheelchairs.
Written May 2, 2022
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XerkUSA
USA173 contributions
This monument is huge and beautiful and free! We spent a cool evening looking it over and walking around it. It was great like that, but to complete the experience, go to the Jenney Interpretive Center and listen to the talk Leo does about it. It makes the experience complete!
Written September 1, 2021
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angieabruzzese
Narrowsburg, NY120 contributions
Couples
This monument is, in my opinion, one of the most significant in our American history. With a few words, and wonderfully sculpted images, this monument embodies all this country was built on and should continue to improve upon.
Morality, Law, Education, Peace.
This monument is a must see.
Written September 26, 2021
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