Monthly Archives: November 2013

Where the First Thanksgiving Took Place

Historical Digression

The image depicted here is probably the sort of thing that many people picture when they think of the first Thanksgiving. I remember images like this pinned to bulletin boards in my elementary school classrooms and it has stuck with me. Although not completely accurate, it is a fair enough representation of what took place. We all know this event took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts. But did you ever wonder where, specifically, this scene played out? For locals, or people visiting Plymouth during the holiday, it might be of interest to know where the first “Thanksgiving” took place.

Before we get to where, a little bit about the image itself and what actually happened that fall in 1621. The painting was done around 1912 by artist Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. Ferris was born in Philadelphia in 1863. He produced this painting as part of a series of 78 depictions…

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