English Village Resources

Pilgrim woman at Plimoth Plantation

For additional reading on the 17th-Century English Village and Pilgrim history, the Museum suggests the following books. Many are available in our Museum Shops, our online shop, or may be found at your local public library. Your Museum membership entitles you to reading privileges at Plimoth Plantation's William Bradford Research Library and these volumes are in the Museum's collection.

Baker, James W. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday. Dartmouth, New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire Press, 2009.

Bangs, Jeremy D. Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners: Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation. Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2009. 

Bunker, Nick. Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History. New York: Alfred K. Knopf, 2010.

Deetz, James. In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of American Life. Expanded and revised edition. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Deetz, James and Patricia Scott Deetz. The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love and Death in Plymouth Colony. New York: W. H. Freeman & Company, 2000.

Johnson, Caleb H. The Mayflower and her Passengers. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Xlibris, 2006.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War.  New York: Viking, 2006.

Stratton, Eugene A. Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1986.

Of Plymouth Plantation

A history of early Plymouth written by Mayflower passenger and Plymouth Colony governor, William Bradford.

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Strangers and Pilgrims Travellers and Sojourners

A vast re-analysis of the Pilgrims' early history, beginning with their time spent in Holland.

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