Programs for Adults

Plimoth Plantation strives to provide hands-on, experiential education opportunities for all visitors and a chance to get up close and personal with the 17th century!

For more information about our programs, please call 

 (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359 or email 

Special Events



“Worlds in Motion: Ireland, the Atlantic, and Early Colonial America”

Dr. Audrey Horning, Queens College (Belfast, Ireland)

 March 15th


Escape the cold and discover “Worlds in Motion: Ireland, the Atlantic, and Early Colonial America” with professor Audrey Horning. Horning is a professor of archaeology at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. Her talk centers on comparative colonialism and the relationship between archaeology and contemporary identity, with a particular focus upon European expansion into the early modern Atlantic world(s).

Free with musueum admission.


Restoration Tour of Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea

 March 28

10:45am- 5:00pm

** Tour will meet at 10:45am at the Greenmaville Street Entrance to Mystic Seaport.**

Join us for a behind the scenes trip to the Mystic Seaport to visit Mayflower II while she is undergoing major renovations. The ship arrived at Mystic Seaport on December 14, 2014 for assessment and the first phase of a multi-year restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Extensive work on the 57-year-old wooden ship will be carried out over several years, with the ship spending winter and spring at Mystic Seaport and returning to Plymouth each summer and fall. The project is scheduled for completion prior to the 2020 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival.

Tour package includes: 

  • Exclusive restoration presentation by Captain Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations at Plimoth Plantation
  • Lunch with Marietta Mullins, Director of Colonial Research and Interpretive Training, who will speak about the history of Mayflower II and her voyage from England in 1957. 
  • Admission to Mystic Seaport exhibits. Enjoy all that the wonderful “Museum of America and the Sea” has to offer!


DEADLINE FOR TICKET SALES IS MARCH 19. Space is limited, so don`t miss the boat!

For more information and to buy your tickets, click here!


Special Pre-Release Book Signing and Reading

Fed, White and Blue with Simon Majumdar

March 30


Join Food Network’s “toughest critic”  Simon Majumdar for a pre-release event at Plimoth Plantation to celebrate the publication of his new book, Fed, White & Blue. His book chronicles his journey to American citizenship through extraordinary experiences across the country.

Bring your lunch or buy it at the Patuxet Cafe, and join us for an afternoon talk with simon. Listen to Simon read an excerpt from his book and learn more about his experience with Colonial and Wampanoag Foodways at Plimoth that inspired the book’s first chapter. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Click here to register!



Herring Run Festival Film & Discussion Event: DamNation

 April 24th


Kick-off the 2015 Herring Run Festival with Douglas Watts, author of the book Alewife, along with local conservation experts for a screening and discussion of the award-winning film DamNation.  The film is a powerful odyssey across America exploring the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. The evening will  begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. (beer and wine cash bar), followed by the film at 7 p.m. and a post-film discussion of the Town of Plymouth's dam removal and waterway restoration efforts, and their impact on local alewife and American eel populations.

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Historic Lifeways Conference featuring Stuart Peachy

April 17- April 19, 2015

Stuart Peachey, renowned scholar of 17th century rural life, will be presenting at Plimoth Plantation from April 17-19. Peachey will present a series of lectures on everyday life in England during the seventeenth century, including “Clothing of the Common Man” and “Life in Rural England.” Along with a series of talks by Peachey, the Plimoth Plantation’s Historic Lifeways Conference will feature workshops and programming designed to illuminate historic lifeways from the Tudor to the Federal period. Learn the history and usage of military drumming, how to do laundry using lye and boiling water, or the steps of an English country dance. Go behind the scenes in with the Colonial Wardrobe and Textiles Department to watch natural dyeing, or follow magistrate Edward Winslow as he performs his duties as a governor’s assistant.


Workshops/Lectures offered include

  • Follow a Magistrate
  • Foodways, Maritime Food, and Fishing
  • Clothing the Common Man
  • Military Drumming
  • English Country Dancing
  • Creating a Character
  • Re-Enactor's Ball (live music!)

... and MORE! 

For more information or to register, click here.

** Early Bird Special Offer! Register before Saturday March 14th and receive 10% off!**


Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century

June 5th - June 7th

From the lush embroidery of a jacket to the delicate frills of a bobbin-lace collar, the 17th century was rife with sartorial flair. Through this conference, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the process and purpose of decorating and embellishing wardrobes in that era.


Discover the trades behind the trimmings, and how it contributed to a global economy, supported a complex guild structure, and bolstered expressions of social and economic class. Whether you are interested in academia and the economy of fashion, or the hands-on process of craft, the Trimmings Conference will allow you to participate more fully in the world of 17th-century style. The conference will include scholarly presentations, along with demonstrations and workshops on topics such as button-making, bobbin lace, and card weaving.

The Trimmings Conference will open with a special Friday evening cocktail reception with the unveiling of an extraordinary replica 17th-century embroidered woman’s jacket that was created in 2009 by dozens of volunteer embroiderers, lacemakers, and craftspeople under the auspices of Plimoth Plantation.



Click here for more information or to register! 


Lectures and Workshops

“Lunch and Learn”: Plimoth Plantation’s Lunchtime Lecture Series

First Thursdays, February-December


Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series! Held the first Thursday of each month from February through December, Plimoth Plantation welcomes a lineup of lively, unique guest speakers who bring big ideas, humorous tales, and adventure stories to your lunch table.

Click here for a full list of 2015 Lunch and Learn speakers.

Attend the entire series for free when you become a member!  


Cheers! Raising a Glass to History, Then and Now

Dates Offered: March 10th and March 24th

7:00-9:00 pm

March 10th: Liquor and Distilling, Dirty Water Distillery

Take a trip to the Dirty Water Distillery, Plymouth’s first micro-distillery! Take a special behind-the-scenes Tour of this small craft operation and discover the artistry and creativity of Dirty Water's products. After a special tasting, join Plimoth Plantation staff in a “spirited” conversation  about the many unconventional uses of liquor in the 17th century, from its medicinal purpose in the home to the role of rum in New England’s global colonial economy.


March 24th: Brewing, Mayflower Brewing Company

Get a taste of history with the Mayflower Brewery! See how this craft microbrewery combines historic techniques with quality ingredients to produce one-of-a-kind brews right here in Plymouth. Tour the brewery and enjoy a beer tasting alongside one of Plimoth’s 17th-century residents, learn about the importance of beer to the world of the first English settlers.

To register, click here!


Cold Weather Gardening Workshop

Dates Offered: July 21st and 28th


When is the best time to plan a fall vegetable garden? In the summer! Guided by Lori Danek, Plimoth Plantation’s Horticulturist, you will execute a strategic plan for a cold-weather garden that is best suited to your needs and tastes. At the end of the workshops, plant seedlings to be started at Plimoth’s greenhouse, and pick them up when they are ready to be transplanted into your garden!

 Introduction to Salve Making Workshop

Date Offered: July 11, 2015


Learn about the healing properties of herbs and basic salve making skills in this introductory workshop. Begin by picking your favorite organically-grown herbs from our 17th Century English Village gardens, and then take a horticultural tour through our grounds as the herbs are simmered. Return to the Horticulture center to finish creating a jar of your own all-purpose herbal salve.

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Dried Herb Wreath Workshop

Date Offered: August 22, 2015

Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Garden herbs played an important part in an English country housewife’s cooking and healing. Join Plimoth Plantation’s horticulturists to learn about the 17th-century and modern uses of herbs that grow in the gardens of the 17th-Century English Village. Harvest your own herbs to create a beautiful wreath. The wreath will dry as it hangs in your home.


Looking for a presenter for an event or meeting? Invite one of Plimoth Plantation’s Role Players or Professional Speakers. 

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You can receive free admission to Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II for a year. You'll also receive discounts on additional museum activities and workshops, and be invited to exclusive members-only events.

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