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National Monument to the Forefathers
Ranked #3 of 74 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States, this 81-foot-tall granite statue was built to honor the passengers of the Mayflower. Boston sculptor Hammatt Billings designed the monument which features allegorical figures depicting the virtues of Faith, Morality, Education, Law, and Liberty. A dedication on the monument reads, “National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty.” The original design called for the monument to be nearly twice as tall at 150 feet (just under the Statue of Liberty’s height of 151 feet). The monument is free to visit and open to the public year-round. Its site is managed and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and their furry companions (on a leash) to enjoy the monument's lawn.
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

The memorial is breathtaking. You have to find it because it is a few streets away from the other attractions. It is well worth your time.

Thank khugs16
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"residential neighborhood"
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"beautiful statue"
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"jenny museum"
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"plymouth rock"
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"worth the trip"
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Not much to do but check out the statue, although it's a great spot to walk the dog! Good walking path and really close to town and the waterfront.

Thank Rob M
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

It was an amazing experience to see this monument in person. So grandiose! My wife and I were both very impressed. Very historic. If you are in Plymouth, you must go see this.

Thank Gary F
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Significant monument off the beaten path some what. Tallest granite monument in the U.S. According to informational plaque. Good to visit while in Plymouth for some of the history.

Thank james628
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

What a treat to stumble onto this property. The National Park Service maintains this place in a local residential neighborhood, atop a hill. The large circular drive around the monument offerd ample parking to see the monument. the inscriptions are moving and the scupture is "better than European" quality.

Thank jnskojnsko
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