After a long bus ride with endless hours spent staring out the windows during Day 1, we rise early for Day 2, and head for the coastline not to swim, sail, or surf, but to focus on the earliest European settlers to arrive in New England--the Pilgrims. We will also learn about the Wampanoags, whose doorstep that the Pilgrims arrived on. Later in the day, we will stroll the streets of Boston, retracing the steps that Colonial Rebels once took as they confronted British Redcoats.

Day 2 of the Summer Field Study Institute will begin with--thankfully--a much later wake-up call than Day 1. Snag a complimentary breakast to fuel up your tank. We have a 7:45/8:00 a.m. hotel departure so that we can arrive at Plimoth (yep, that's how they spell it) Plantation at 9:00 a.m. Plimoth Plantation We will begin by watching an introductory film and then we will embark on a 2-hr. guided tour of the Plantation's grounds. There are numerous things that we will encounter during our tour: a Wampanoag site, a 1627 Pilgrim Village, a craft center, and rare breed animal at Nye Barn. At 11:30 we will sit down for lunch at the Plimoth's Patuxet Cafe. Following lunch, everyone will have time to tour the site on their own, which will include time to browse through the merchandise for sale at their Museum Shop. Check out Plimoth Plantation's Teacher Resource page.

We will leave the Plantation at approximately 12:45 for the short hop over to downtown Plymouth for a date with a replica of the coolest ship (my apologies to the U.S.S. Constitution) in American history. At 1:00 we will board the Mayflower II where you can take your own tour of the boat. You will no doubt encounter Pilgrims throughout the boat who will attempt to answer your questions 17th century style! After disembarking, we will touch down on terra firma and walk the short distance to view the "ROCK"! Nope, not the wrestler turned actor or the nearly ruined Nick Cage but rescued with the casting of Sean Connery film of the 1990s. No, I'm talking the ROCK--PLYMOUTH ROCK. Stare upon this great wonder for as many seconds as it takes, but please be aware that if you have never visited Plymouth before, you have most likely built up a pre-conception of a rock that rocks. Please don't be disappointed. It's still a cool rock. But is it the "rock"? That is the question. (If time permits, we will linger in Plymouth a little longer and hike to the summit of a hill near Plymouth Rock to see if we can find some hidden treasures that a map I possess indicates is there.)

Following our peek inside early Colonial America, we will make our first trip into downtown Boston. At 4:00 p.m., we will step--literally--into history, as we walk Boston's Freedom Trail. (Start training now and be pepared to have put on a comfortable--broken in--pair of tennis shoes!) Our guide, will be an 18th Century historical figure who will take us on the extended Freedom Trail walking tour. For 2 hr. and 15 mins., we will trek across Boston's most famous historic sites: Boston Common, the State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel & Burying Ground, the Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston's Latin School (America's first public school), Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House & site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House, and finally we will conclude our tour at the Old North Church. The Freedom Trail does not allow you to enter these sites with the exception of the Granary Burying Ground, which should still be open when we arrive. We will visit a few selected sites along the Freedom Trail at a later time (see Day 4).

After a 2hr. & 15 min. walk, I expect we will all have worked up a hearty appetite. Therefore, we will make a hasty dash over to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a 6:30 p.m. dinner and to wind down for the day. Dinner options include: Faneuil Hall Marketplace Food Voucher Program Participating Restaurants. There will be a little time after dinner for those who would like to stroll through the marketplace and visit the shops.
Then, it's off to the hotel to relax and hopefully all will get a peaceful night of sleep because on Day 3, we will be heading off to WAR!

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