Alden House Historic Site

Alden House Historic Site Located in Duxbury, Massachusetts, the National Historic Landmark Alden House Historic Site is the ancestral home of Mayflower Pilgrims John & Priscilla Alden.
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Getting crafty with corn!  Homeschooling students are having fun creating cornhusk dolls after learning about life for k...
10/16/2020

Getting crafty with corn! Homeschooling students are having fun creating cornhusk dolls after learning about life for kids long ago at Alden House on an outdoor scavenger hunt and a tour of the historic home. For information about this program, please contact the museum.

The dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from its beginnings with the Pilgrims and the beaver fur trade ...
10/06/2020

The dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from its beginnings with the Pilgrims and the beaver fur trade to the advent of the conservation movement in the late 19th century, is the topic of an upcoming talk by best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin, Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm. “Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America” chronicles how the fur trade helped shape the course of American history, spurring exploration, settlement, and growth of the United States while fueling wars and alternately enriching and damaging the lives of Native Americans. The talk is free and will be broadcast through Zoom. Register at
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N0k4UHVBRe2ylABvekmswg

John Alden comes to Alden House!  Recalling family tales of sleepovers in Alden House, John and brother Gerry  took a tr...
10/02/2020

John Alden comes to Alden House! Recalling family tales of sleepovers in Alden House, John and brother Gerry took a trip down memory lane on a visit this week. The brothers are related to Charles L. Alden, a founding member of the Alden Kindred and treasurer who was instrumental in transitioning the Alden family home into a public museum in the early 20th century. Charles also built the Log Cabin Tearoom part of which still stands as a caretaker's cottage. Visitors could enjoy afternoon tea or lobster dinner for 60 cents, served by waitresses dressed in Pilgrim attire! From left, John & Sue Alden; Grethel & Gerry Alden

Enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage and take a journey to England to explore a tale of two Mayflower ships and their s...
09/19/2020

Enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage and take a journey to England to explore a tale of two Mayflower ships and their secrets on this virtual tour with Randal Charlton. Author of the book "The Wicked Pilgrim, The True Story of the Englishman Who Gave Mayflower II to America" Randal shares a fascinating look at Mayflower's myths and mysteries and how the villages, towns and cities of England are celebrating this heritage today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4djugObGwx4&t=8s

Huzzah,  Jennifer Sinsigalli!  Navigating the 26.2 miles over winding roads, ancient trails, past historic markers and e...
09/12/2020

Huzzah, Jennifer Sinsigalli! Navigating the 26.2 miles over winding roads, ancient trails, past historic markers and ending on Duxbury beach her virtual 2020 Boston Marathon is complete. Charting a course from Plymouth to Duxbury in this 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey, Jennifer's goal was to honor the courage and determination of people 400 years ago but also of those today "who push on in the face of adversity." Explore the Duxbury Pilgrim Guide that inspired Jennifer's run at http://www.alden.org/index.cfm?p=duxbury2020 and enjoy her book "Before the Mayflower." Copies available at https://shop-alden.square.site/

"Before the Mayflower" author Jennifer Sinsigalli is setting her own course as she navigates a virtual 124th Boston mara...
09/11/2020

"Before the Mayflower" author Jennifer Sinsigalli is setting her own course as she navigates a virtual 124th Boston marathon tomorrow to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing. Jennifer will run the 26.2 mile journey from Plimoth Patuxet to Duxbury Beach, past twenty selected historic waypoints, honoring the places and people who created the history, celebrating their story, and honoring the suffering and struggle of those who crossed, and those impacted by the arrival of the Mayflower, and beyond.

Jennifer's route was inspired by the new Duxbury Pilgrim Sites guide that highlights some of the beautiful historic places that can be visited and experienced today, http://www.alden.org/index.cfm?p=duxbury2020

"This run is for the people who 400 years ago, filled with hope and fear, not knowing what the New World had in store for them," said Jennifer, "and for the Native people, not knowing that their lives were about to be drastically altered. It is also for anyone who pushed on in the face of adversity...who experience inequalities...for the people impacted by the events of 9/11/01. For all the people in the world impacted by COVID."
Cheers Jennifer!

September 6 -"and now all being compact together in one ship, they put to sea again with a prosperous wind..." Mayflower...
09/06/2020

September 6 -"and now all being compact together in one ship, they put to sea again with a prosperous wind..." Mayflower's voyage to the New World was finally underway, carrying 102 passengers - Saints and Strangers- 50 men, 19 women and 33 children. Behind them were the years of exile in Holland, the months of negotiations with investors and officials over funding and permissions to settle, and the frustrations of the seaworthiness of the Speedwell. Ahead, as Governor Bradford noted, "a right way for us, and for our children."

Training day for the New Plimoth Gard included drills with a magnificent halberd along with pikes, swords, and muskets. ...
08/31/2020

Training day for the New Plimoth Gard included drills with a magnificent halberd along with pikes, swords, and muskets. The halberd is a faithful reproduction of the original halberd once owned by the Alden family and now part of the collection at Pilgrim Hall. Huzzah!

One of the delightful Plymouth traditions is the Pilgrim Progress, which re-enacts the Pilgrims procession to church and...
08/25/2020

One of the delightful Plymouth traditions is the Pilgrim Progress, which re-enacts the Pilgrims procession to church and includes a short Pilgrim worship service. This summer's last Progress will be held this coming Friday, August 28 beginning at 6 pm. If you are in the Plymouth area, check it out.

“Pilgrims” turning up Leyden Street ( the actual location of the first Plymouth colony)

Could have been 1620! In this stunning photo of Mayflower II's triumphant return to Plymouth on Monday, the 21st century...
08/14/2020

Could have been 1620! In this stunning photo of Mayflower II's triumphant return to Plymouth on Monday, the 21st century disappears leaving just Mayflower and the 17th century shallop Elizabeth Tilley, as shared by local photographer Pam Webster-Walsh.

This year's Alden Kindred reunion had a lot of "firsts" - The first virtual gathering, attendees came from 23 states and...
08/06/2020

This year's Alden Kindred reunion had a lot of "firsts" - The first virtual gathering, attendees came from 23 states and there were nearly as many attending from California as there were from Massachusetts! Enjoy the fun!

For those not able to attend this weekend's Alden reunion, don't miss this dramatic one-woman presentation about Priscil...
08/05/2020

For those not able to attend this weekend's Alden reunion, don't miss this dramatic one-woman presentation about Priscilla Mullins Alden, exploring the life of the celebrated Mayflower maiden and Pilgrim mother. The program was superbly performed by public historian and actress Diana Dunlap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNs-iEVL6Ak&t=9s

Join Alden historian Tom McCarthy, genealogists Alicia Crane Williams, Christopher Lee and Alden archaeology exhibit cur...
08/04/2020

Join Alden historian Tom McCarthy, genealogists Alicia Crane Williams, Christopher Lee and Alden archaeology exhibit curator Stephen O'Neill as they shared their perspectives on the Alden legacy during this weekend's Alden Reunion History Symposium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g9EhvPx7LU&feature=youtu.be

You won't want to miss this new book published in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey. “Duxbury: Our...
07/25/2020

You won't want to miss this new book published in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey. “Duxbury: Our Pilgrim Story – a 2020 Perspective” tells the "next chapter" of the Pilgrim legacy as the early settlers began to move out of the original settlement to found Dubury. Written by 12 historians, the book is a collection of essays, each offering a perspective on the Pilgrim legacy and weaving together the history of the early families, genealogy, archaeology, lands, paths, the burying ground, the Native American story and more. Richly illustrated and photographed, this book was published by Duxbury 2020. Alden fans will especially enjoy essays written by Alden historian Tom McCarthy, archaeology exhibit curator Stephen O'Neill, and retired genealogist Alicia Crane Williams. Buy your copy today! https://shop-alden.square.site/

07/23/2020
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There she goes! Track Mayflower II as she undergoes sea trials as part of her voyage back to Plymouth.

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07/19/2020
The Wicked Pilgrim Mayflower II Heritage Series with Randal Charlton

Journey to Brixham, England, and its world famous shipyard with author Randal Charlton in this online talk highlighting the important roles Stuart Upham and the craftsmen at his shipyard played in building a replica of the Mayflower in 1957. The talk was sponsored by the Alden Kindred of America as part of this year's 400th commemoration of the Mayflower journey.

Randal Charlton, author of the book "Wicked Pilgrim: The True Story of the Englishman who gave Mayflower II to America," discusses the role the Brixham shipy...

Exploring Pilgrim history in their own backyard, Rachel Norton and Tess McCarthy of Duxbury enjoyed an afternoon at Alde...
07/18/2020

Exploring Pilgrim history in their own backyard, Rachel Norton and Tess McCarthy of Duxbury enjoyed an afternoon at Alden House. Tess is a descendant of the Delano family. Alden House is now open for guided tours Wed-Sat, 12-4. For those who prefer to be outside, there is also Pilgrim history to discover around the grounds: an Alden Pilgrim Quest, sponsored with South Shore Quests; heirloom gardens; and the archaeological foundation of the original Alden home! Hope to see you soon!

Sprucing up the gardens at Alden House, students from Duxbury High School's National Honor Society give a hand to Alden ...
07/07/2020

Sprucing up the gardens at Alden House, students from Duxbury High School's National Honor Society give a hand to Alden garden volunteers as the museum gets ready to open to the public this week during the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey. Guided tours will be offered Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 4 pm. In accordance with state guidelines reservations are requested and masks are required. Hope to see you there!

Happy 244th America!Celebrate this day just as John Adams (America's second president and an Alden descendant) suggested...
07/04/2020

Happy 244th America!

Celebrate this day just as John Adams (America's second president and an Alden descendant) suggested with "games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." Hip, Hip, Huzzah!

07/02/2020
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Walk in the footsteps of Priscilla and her family on this charming tour of her girlhood home in Dorking, England, courtesy the Mullins Coffee Shop and historian Kathy Atherton. A big thank you to Basil, Susan, and Kathy for taking us on this vicarious vacation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZrfdOvX4So

Explore more of Priscilla's roots in Kathy's new book "The Weaver, The Shoemaker and The Mother of a Nation: The Story of Dorking's Mayflower Passengers," available at https://shop-alden.square.site/

06/30/2020

Join the Fun!

Early morning at the Alden House.   Photos by Terry Reiber
06/28/2020

Early morning at the Alden House. Photos by Terry Reiber

06/26/2020

Explore Wampanoag culture during the 17th century and have some family fun with this free virtual program.

Docked around Dorking these ships bear the name of the Dorking Six- the town's six residents who joined the Mayflower vo...
06/25/2020

Docked around Dorking these ships bear the name of the Dorking Six- the town's six residents who joined the Mayflower voyage. Can you name them?

Thanks to Hello Dorking for this post

You may have noticed some lovely boats around Dorking today. This is in celebration of the Mayflower 400 this year and our entry into the In Bloom competition. The Mayflower is the name of the boat which set sailed for the New World in 1620. Our flower boats are named after each of the six passengers from Dorking which were aboard the Mayflower. We believe this is a great way to honour our Dorkinian heritage and community spirit which lives on today. The boats were made by Dorking Men’s Shed and the flowers were grown and planted by Patti Lister with the help of Elizabeth Fuller. Thank you for your hard work! More information on the Mayflower here: https://tinyurl.com/yd82bz93 #HelloDorking

I took this photo of the Alden House today using a lens my father bought 50 years ago.  Photo by Terry Reiber.
06/20/2020

I took this photo of the Alden House today using a lens my father bought 50 years ago. Photo by Terry Reiber.

Enjoy your favorite brew and share your Alden pride with this new 400th anniversary mug commemorating John, Priscilla an...
06/20/2020

Enjoy your favorite brew and share your Alden pride with this new 400th anniversary mug commemorating John, Priscilla and the Mayflower voyage! It was created by Alden guide and graphic artist Trish Birk-Smith! Purchase yours today!

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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme!  Mistress Alden would be so pleased with these beautiful scenes around Alden House sh...
06/16/2020

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! Mistress Alden would be so pleased with these beautiful scenes around Alden House shared by Jeanette MacKenzie who leads the garden efforts. These lovely summer days beckon visitors to stroll the grounds of the museum, enjoy the heritage gardens and the fascinating history of this Pilgrim family homestead to be discovered!

Planting seeds of history! Brenda Buchanan starts this year's Three Sisters Heritage garden at Alden House with companio...
06/12/2020

Planting seeds of history! Brenda Buchanan starts this year's Three Sisters Heritage garden at Alden House with companion plantings of corn, beans, and squash, fertilized with fish, just as John and Priscilla learned from the Native Americans 400 years ago. This garden was created as an Eagle Scout project by Brenda's son Stephen and has been maintained by the Buchanan family ever since.

This curious wooden box on legs in the Alden kitchen offers an intriguing glimpse at child care in times past. Called a ...
06/06/2020

This curious wooden box on legs in the Alden kitchen offers an intriguing glimpse at child care in times past. Called a standing stool or child minder, it is a no frills handcrafted "playpen" with no place for toys to entertain the young "prisoner." In a busy household full of dangers, it gave a mother some relief and perhaps helped save many a child from the fate of one poor youngster "who fell into a kettle of scalding water and lived but a day."

05/27/2020
Local Matters: Wicked Pilgrim

You won't want to miss the dramatic true story behind the building of Mayflower II!

If you’re into local history, you’re going to enjoy this virtual talk with author Randal Charlton about his new book, The Wicked Pilgrim and Mayflower II, wh...

Join author Randal Charlton for a virtual talk on Friday, May 29 at noon, about this new book chronicling the extraordin...
05/26/2020

Join author Randal Charlton for a virtual talk on Friday, May 29 at noon, about this new book chronicling the extraordinary story of his father Warwick Charlton, an Englishman, who built the Mayflower II in 1957 as a gift to America. With no financial resources and no knowledge of wooden sailing ships, Warwick built the replica of the famous ship in under two years. He then sailed it to America where it has become a beloved icon representing one of America's founding stories. Register for this free talk at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b6Fd65SjTki2NcFRx_D2Kg

"To all of our departed dead who, on land and on sea, have offered their blood ...America to-day brings its affectionate...
05/25/2020

"To all of our departed dead who, on land and on sea, have offered their blood ...America to-day brings its affectionate garlands of honor and acclaim." - Calvin Coolidge, 30th President and Alden descendant in his Memorial Day address, 1927.

Welcoming the first "Questers" of the season at Alden House where adventure awaits you on the 2020 Pilgrim Quest. Sponso...
05/22/2020

Welcoming the first "Questers" of the season at Alden House where adventure awaits you on the 2020 Pilgrim Quest. Sponsored with South Shore Quests, this 45-minute walk will take you on a journey back in time to discover one of America's founding stories as you gather clues to a puzzle. Start your journey with a welcome by Alden descendant Marc Cobuzzi and then download your Quest puzzle to begin this fun family adventure!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAo4YUchuuw&feature=youtu.be

www.southshorequests.org

Address

105 Alden St
Duxbury, MA
02331

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(781) 934-9092

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Southampton England SSFC theatre company unable to perform their Mayflower inspired play have instead produced a film version instead
I have been researching the Alden family of Southampton and possible candidates for the father of John Alden, the article was due to be in the Mayflower Quarterly but due to the impact of Covid etc the content of the magazine has shifted, but if Alden House would like a copy of the article would be happy to send to you
The Alden plantings on a mid June evening thanks to 6 local gardeners who have planted and weeded this spring.
Is the family reunion going to happen this year??
The zoom link for 29 May Wicked Pilgrim is not working for me.
Happy to receive my society membership card today in the mail. John and Priscilla are my 10th great-grandparents.
Hello! John Alden is my 10th Great Grandfather. I live in Ireland (originally from Michigan) and my husband is English. I am now trying to find out more about Joh Alden on this side of the ocean before he came to America.
Nice to see this Museum. My family is from Elisabeth Alden, Daughter John Alden & Priscilla Mullins. Isaac Ingham is the last one shown in the list of names on your site.
I just learned today working on my family tree that John and Priscilla Alden are my 9th great grandparents. I have one other great grandfaher that was on the Mayflower also. Happy Thanksgiving!
I'd like to introduce my daughter Katerina Tahlia-Rose Bouzoun on our side of the family she's the newest little Alden 💜 she has ToF and pulmonary arterial hypertension atresia both rare cardiac conditions! She is 3 months old now and had her first open heart surgery at five weeks old 💜💜 #KaterinaStrong #Littlewarrior #foreverfighting
Perusing eBay and came across this, it is an incredible piece of needlepoint and relevant to your history. Gut feeling about this being a bit more than vintage. Might be worth checking out. https://www.ebay.com/itm/HISTORIC-SHIP-MAYFLOWER-Antique-Needlework-Wooley-Crewel-32-x25-5-SHIPS-FREE/273224050419?hash=item3f9d6c26f3:g:ai8AAOSw~Q9bAG60:sc:ShippingMethodStandard!24588!US!-1#viTabs_0
Hi my mom is Priscilla Alden Grant and we are proud to be Alden "blood" We had next generation Alden who is here at Boston Children's cause she is sick. Here is an update on her progress. Also if you are Alden would love to know if anyone has or willing to be tested for DiGeorge Syndrome (its genetic) Katerina update. She had ivs in her feet, but they went belly up and had to be taken out so they had to place one in her head. (Freaked me out. We left and came back to it) Over night they took out her oxygen but she kept dropping.. So they had to put her back on it. She is doing good though. Off of fluids and drinking bottles again. We find out tomorrow her cardio cath time, and then her surgery. I am here till Wednesday. The shuttle is saving us. They drive us back and forth for free and any time. The drivers are awesome. Now Grammy isn't doing so well shh.. Like Katerina Grammy has DiGeorge but I have a physical aspect and my pain is unbareable. I passed out for an hour in the babies room on a cot without realizing it. Hubby woke me up. The kids were at lunch. But my pain is bad. Meds are not touching it. So we are back at the "house" to nap and rest. Thank you for the prayers please keep them coming. Mom too is having some issue from her C section most walking she has done since. So the tissue and muscle are irritated... So we are all struggling.