National Monument to the Forefathers

National Monument to the Forefathers

National Monument to the Forefathers
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
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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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This gigantic monument is dedicated to the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower and is a stark yet gorgeous reminder of the sacrifices that people make in pursuit of a dream. It's a reminder that history is oftentimes created in turmoil but that there can be hope at the end of it. I was surprised that more people don't know of this magnificent monument.
Written May 27, 2023
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Snarglebop
Las Vegas, NV307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • 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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RICART75
Peru, IN2,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
As part of Ms Vicky's tour of Plymouth, we stopped at and learned about this impressive monument.
Being an off-season weekday, we were the only ones there; which added to the impact of the experience.
Located in a neighborhood area, it's a bit off the beaten path; but it's well worth the visit.
Written June 2, 2024
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Gary R
The Villages, FL1,409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
A visit to this monument and reading all the inscriptions that deliver a message to remember our country’s beginnings is must to see. It serves as a salute to those who risked their lives to travel to this country and begin their new lives where they saw such promise. This is a free & self-guided attraction with easy access. A must see when you come to Plymouth.
Written August 17, 2022
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Audrey N
Swansea, MA412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • 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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travelguy294
Flemington, NJ9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • 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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DLP
New Jersey3,579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
This impressive statue has a lot of history to reveal. However, unfortunately you need to discover the history on your own. It is disappointing that there are no history boards around the statue explaining the sections of this of this ciircular statue. Without know the full history behind the statue, one should still go take a look. It is quite an impressive statue representing our forefathers.
Written November 15, 2022
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XerkUSA
USA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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, NY223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • 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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