Pilgrim John Howland Society Announces "Colonial Crafts Day"

Food, music, and entertainment will be on hand at the Jabez Howland House on Saturday, August 24
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Plymouth, MA – The Pilgrim John Howland Society invites everyone to spend some time at 33 Sandwich Street on the fourth Saturday in August where there will be entertainment for kids of all ages. While walking around the property munching on baked goods and drinking thirst-quenching lemonade, there will be plenty to do and see.

“There will be something for everyone when you visit us,” said Executive Director Peter Arenstam. “As you learn about Pilgrim John Howland and his family, you will be able to experience some of the crafts that were a part of everyday life during Colonial times.”

The entire family can join in the craft making. Experience candle dipping, corn husk doll making, flax and wool spinning. During carpentry demonstrations, visitors will learn about hewing, wood shaping, and more.

A group of six Colonial singers will perform between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, entertaining their guests with period psalms. They will also talk about Pilgrim music and the hymns that were sung during that time. The New Plimoth Guard will be in attendance as well, exercising arms, firing muskets, and marching on the property.

The Jabez Howland House will open for tours between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. It is the only existing house in Plymouth where Pilgrims actually spent time. The original 17th century two-story timber framed house consisted of the porch, hall, and hall chamber.  Jabez Howland, John and Elizabeth's son, lived here with his family until they sold the house in 1680.  It was a private residence until 1912 when it was purchased for a museum. The Howland House is a National Register of Historic Places site.

Organizers hope those attending the Plymouth Waterfront Festival will take some time to stop by and join the fun.

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