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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We just wrapped up shooting of the new Alden film.   You'll see shots of the Mayflower II and the Elizabeth Tilley shall...
11/18/2019

We just wrapped up shooting of the new Alden film. You'll see shots of the Mayflower II and the Elizabeth Tilley shallop as well as some location shots. Thanks to the hardworking crew of Adryn Sumner, Desiree Mobed, Ben Alexander, Alden Porter III and Terrry Reiber.

The Alden Kindred is accepting nominations for its annual Speak for Thyself Award through December 1.  The Speak award, ...
11/13/2019

The Alden Kindred is accepting nominations for its annual Speak for Thyself Award through December 1.

The Speak award, now in its 14th year, honors exceptional women in the community who follow in the footsteps of Mayflower Pilgrim Priscilla Mullins Alden by choosing their own paths, and, in the process, make the world a better place.

Speak recipients have included women who have made a difference as pioneers, advocates, community leaders and business leaders. The 2020 Awards dinner will be held on May 28.

To nominate someone, please email a one-page summary of the nominee's contributions with a biographical sketch [email protected] or visit www.alden.org.

Ghostly greetings from Alden House & this year's Haunted House.  A huge thank you to everyone from our sponsors - Roche ...
10/30/2019

Ghostly greetings from Alden House & this year's Haunted House. A huge thank you to everyone from our sponsors - Roche Brothers and Grims World of Oddities Museum & Laboratory - to the volunteers: Scouts, National Honor Society, interns, McCormack's Landscaping & Property Maintenance, Doghouse Dogs, the Wilcox family, the Alden Kindred and Alden friends who worked so hard to make it a spooktacular night of fun! Happy Halloween!

Jim Baker's talk on Clark's Island scheduled for today, at the Duxbury Senior Center beginning at 1 pm has been cancelle...
10/17/2019

Jim Baker's talk on Clark's Island scheduled for today, at the Duxbury Senior Center beginning at 1 pm has been cancelled because of the storm. We we will reschedule for another date.

Calling all ghost and goblins!  Alden House is getting ready for a frightfully fun night of spine-chilling happenings th...
10/16/2019

Calling all ghost and goblins! Alden House is getting ready for a frightfully fun night of spine-chilling happenings this Saturday from 4-8 pm. Ride your broomsticks on over for haunted tours, creepy trails, spooky mazes, games, face-painting and more! Purchase tickets at the door. For your hungry ghosts, there're hotdogs from Doghouse Dogs!

These delightful ladies calling themselves the "Duxbury Six" traveled from Virginia and Florida to visit the Alden House...
10/03/2019

These delightful ladies calling themselves the "Duxbury Six" traveled from Virginia and Florida to visit the Alden House today. Descendants of John and Priscilla's daughter Elizabeth, they were dressed for the occasion in matching t-shirts decorated with an image of the Mayflower and the lettering John and Priscilla Alden Kindred! By chance they were joined by two more descendants of Elizabeth, visiting from New York. The spinning wheel from Elizabeth's family was a big hit!

Sending huge thank yous to everyone who made Saturday's Sheep & Shawl program such a baa-utiful day!   From the lambs to...
10/02/2019

Sending huge thank yous to everyone who made Saturday's Sheep & Shawl program such a baa-utiful day! From the lambs to the spinning, weaving, rug-hooking, and cheesemaking it was a "woolwind" of fun! Special thanks to the Weir River Plymouth 4H, Soule Homestead Education Center. Weavers Guild of Boston, Penny Lacroix, Duxbury Rug Hookers, Kathy Rudder of Plimoth Plantation. the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival and the Duxbury Cultural Council for their support!

Having fun at Sheep and Shawl Day.  Come over and visit the lambs, try your hand at spinning, weaving, rug-hooking and c...
09/28/2019

Having fun at Sheep and Shawl Day. Come over and visit the lambs, try your hand at spinning, weaving, rug-hooking and cheese-making! We are open until 4 pm.

Join us for a  things "woolly" at Sheep and Shawl Day this Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  Enjoy demonstrations of spinning...
09/25/2019

Join us for a things "woolly" at Sheep and Shawl Day this Saturday from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy demonstrations of spinning, weaving and rug hooking. Visit with sheep from the Soule Homestead & Education Center. There are activities for kids and sampler-making at the Art Complex Museum. Program is free and sponsored by the Duxbury Cultural Council & the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival.

History can be full of surprises especially on Friday the 13th!   Duxbury high school interns Gabe Michelson, Maya Stahl...
09/13/2019

History can be full of surprises especially on Friday the 13th!
Duxbury high school interns Gabe Michelson, Maya Stahl and Claire Talbott visited with Cocoa, the famous and much -loved mascot for the popular reggae band Stick Figure taking a break from concert prep on this gorgeous September day.

The Mayflower II will soon be sailing again!  AKA board president Pauline Kezer and member Judith Cole joined the throng...
09/08/2019

The Mayflower II will soon be sailing again! AKA board president Pauline Kezer and member Judith Cole joined the throngs at Mystic Seaport yesterday celebrating the launch of the much beloved ship after three years of extensive restoration. We all look forward to seeing her once again in Plymouth Bay!

John Alden's halberd will once again be on the march -  two  magnificent copies that is - thanks to New Plimmoth Gard's ...
09/01/2019

John Alden's halberd will once again be on the march - two magnificent copies that is - thanks to New Plimmoth Gard's Stan Wollman, expert bladesmith Page Steinhardt and Pilgrim Hall. The halberd was found in the foundation of the Alden homesite over a century ago and donated to Pilgrim Hall where it is on display with other Pilgrim era items.
Wollman made detailed drawings and enlisted Steinhardt, History Channel's "Forged in Fire" champion, to make two exact copies - one for use by the militia and the second for Pilgrim Hall. Check it out!

A new walkway on Alden Street connects Duxbury library to Alden House.  Inviting everyone to walk on down!  Summer may b...
08/30/2019

A new walkway on Alden Street connects Duxbury library to Alden House. Inviting everyone to walk on down! Summer may be winding down but the museum is still open Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 4 pm. Thanks to Kevin Sealund of Sealund Corporation for his generous support of Duxbury!

We are pleased to report that visitors to Alden House this season have been nailing the following question that stumped ...
08/20/2019

We are pleased to report that visitors to Alden House this season have been nailing the following question that stumped contestants competing on Jeopardy this spring. "John and Priscilla lie in the USA's oldest maintained cemetery, which like a poem about the couple is named for this person." Thanks to Charles Mullins for sending the photo! Okay, Alden family and friends, can you identify the person from the eponymous burial ground?

Wow!  John and Priscilla are going to New York!  Alden Kindred member Sydney Blake will debut her new play "Young Pilgri...
08/07/2019

Wow! John and Priscilla are going to New York! Alden Kindred member Sydney Blake will debut her new play "Young Pilgrims" this Saturday, August 10 for five special performances at the Clemente Cultural Center in New York City. Two years in making, Sydney's play is a romantic comedy that follows John Alden, Priscilla Mullins and their friends during the harrowing voyage to the New World.
"It's written as a labor of love and gratitude to all the Mayflower passengers who prevailed ...with everything against them," Sydney notes. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.youngpilgrimstheplay.com. Use PROMO CODE TRF19YP for a discount!

08/04/2019
Evolution of Glass Consumption in New England

Grace Bello graduate student in Archaeology at UMASS Boston, presents "Evolution of Glass Consumption in New England" at the 119th Alden Kindred Annual Meeting on August 3rd, 2019 at Alden House Historic Site, Duxbury Massachusetts.

Ms. Bello presented a method of dating historical sites by analyzing glass fragments. She used examples from a dig at Burial Hill in Plymouth as well as fragments found during the Robbins excavation of the Alden First site.

https://youtu.be/gUmy0wExco4

Grace Bello graduate student in Archaeology at UMASS Boston, presents "Evolution of Glass Consumption in New England" at the 119th Alden Kindred Annual Meeti...

When you are over 300 hundred years old it takes a while to get fixed up!  Alden House is bustling with activity this we...
07/25/2019

When you are over 300 hundred years old it takes a while to get fixed up! Alden House is bustling with activity this week as painters and carpenters are hard at work doing some much needed preservation work, from window restoration to replacing rotted stairs and bulkheads. Stop by to see what's going on!

Getting ready for the Alden reunion in two weeks and doing some much needed painting on the exterior windows at Alden Ho...
07/20/2019

Getting ready for the Alden reunion in two weeks and doing some much needed painting on the exterior windows at Alden House, thanks to Wadsworth Painting & Restoration and our generous supporters. Proceeds from the sale of commemorative bricks are funding this and other preservation projects. Make your reservation today for the Alden reunion on Saturday, August 3, and learn more about the Alden Brick Pathway at www.alden.org.

Flax in bloom at Alden House with its delicate stems and sweet blue flowers is only the first step in a very involved pr...
07/16/2019

Flax in bloom at Alden House with its delicate stems and sweet blue flowers is only the first step in a very involved process to create linen, a popular fabric in early America. How about this long list of chores to make a shirt! Harvesting, retting (soaking), drying, breaking, scrutching (to remove seeds), hackling (to straighten fibers), spinning, weaving, and finally sewing (whew)! Any volunteers?

What a delight it was to visit with the current owners of the Mullins Coffee Shop in Dorking and show them Priscilla's d...
07/07/2019

What a delight it was to visit with the current owners of the Mullins Coffee Shop in Dorking and show them Priscilla's digs in Duxbury, Massachusetts! Susan and Basil Doha are such great stewards of the Mullins legacy. Susan is also a fabulous baker, presenting us with very tasty ginger and date cakes. If you go to England, you won't want to miss the chance to visit their shop and see Priscilla's childhood home for yourself!

Looking forward to see you all on #Sunday.
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Knee-high on the Fourth of July, the heirloom corn is thriving at Alden House!   Planted with beans and squash to add nu...
07/05/2019

Knee-high on the Fourth of July, the heirloom corn is thriving at Alden House! Planted with beans and squash to add nutrients and moisture to the soil, just as the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims, the "Three Sister's Heritage Garden" helps visitors appreciate the importance of farming and kitchen gardens to the Aldens and all early settlers.

Happy 243rd America!    Celebrating from coast to coast just as John Adams (an Alden descendant) suggested with "pomp an...
07/04/2019

Happy 243rd America!
Celebrating from coast to coast just as John Adams (an Alden descendant) suggested with "pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." Hip, Hip, Huzzah!

"Remembering the ladies" as Abigail Adams reminded her husband John and their critical role in supporting the American R...
07/03/2019

"Remembering the ladies" as Abigail Adams reminded her husband John and their critical role in supporting the American Revolution. At this past weekend's Liberty Pole Day historic re-enactors Diana Dunlap and Kaitee Treadway talked about how Patriot families like the Aldens reacted to the boycott of tea during the war years. Enjoy their fascinating discussion at this link!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPcY-j3Pvfk&feature=youtu.be

With the Fourth of July just a few days away come experience the early days of America's fight for independence at Liber...
06/28/2019

With the Fourth of July just a few days away come experience the early days of America's fight for independence at Liberty Pole Day tomorrow from 11 to 4 pm. 18th century military re-enactors will depict what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn about life long ago as you watch demonstrations in coopering, blacksmithing, textile making, and much more. Enjoy a spirited discussion about "Liberty Tea" and how women supported the war effort. There are spycraft activities for kids and 18th century style tea refreshments for sale. Hope to see you there!

Archaeologists are uncovering what they believe is part of the original Plymouth Colony settlement of 1620.  Professor  ...
06/27/2019
6-24-2019 Plymouth Archeological Dig by Terry Reiber

Archaeologists are uncovering what they believe is part of the original Plymouth Colony settlement of 1620.

Professor David B. Landon, PhD, from the Andrew Fiske Center for Archaeological Research (UMASS Boston) leads a continuing excavation at the foot of Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

They've found a structure with post holes and possibly a hearth, in the area where John Alden or Myles Standish may have lived. They are finding glass, pottery, darkened out lines of post holes and possibly some daub used to outline a primitive chimney. They also found an english penny farthing!

Clock on the photo to view the album.

https://adobe.ly/2NeX7Nz

You won't want to miss the chance to check out the fascinating historic craftsmanship of barrel making and blacksmithing...
06/26/2019

You won't want to miss the chance to check out the fascinating historic craftsmanship of barrel making and blacksmithing at Saturday's Liberty Pole Day from 11 to 4 pm. Ron Raiselis, one of the few active coopers in the United States, will be demonstrating the trade of cooperage while master blacksmith Dean Rantz, will show the art of forging metal. Come meet Ron and Dean between 11 and 4 pm, enjoy the military re-enactment, Liberty Tea demonstration, spycraft activities for kids, and 18th century tea refreshments.

06/25/2019
Plymouth Colony Archeology Survey - 2019 Update

Exciting news! Archeologists continue to excavate at the foot of Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is very close to the John Alden Historical Marker marking the site of the house where John and Priscilla Alden lived while in Plymouth.

https://youtu.be/Z91ng2jTLs0

Archaeologists are uncovering what they believe is part of the original Plymouth Colony settlement of 1620. Professor David B. Landon, PhD, from the Andrew F...

The militia are coming, the militia are coming - next Saturday, June 29!  Liberty Pole Day invites you to step back in t...
06/21/2019

The militia are coming, the militia are coming - next Saturday, June 29! Liberty Pole Day invites you to step back in time to experience the life of a soldier during the American Revolution with 18th Century military reenactors and living history demonstrations in coopering, blacksmithing, and a Liberty Tea Party! Spycraft activities for kids! Join us between 11 and 4 pm.

The engraved bricks purchased by so many supporters over the last few months are being installed with help from Alden Ma...
06/09/2019

The engraved bricks purchased by so many supporters over the last few months are being installed with help from Alden Masonry! Etched in their memories of childhood, attending a reunion with their grandfather, Brett and Chet Alden are now helping preserve the memories of so many Alden family and friends! Don't miss out on adding your family to the Alden Path of Pilgrims. Visit www.alden.org to order your commemorative brick. Proceeds benefit preservation of Alden House.

Alden House is now open for the season for guided tours, offered Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  From arc...
06/07/2019

Alden House is now open for the season for guided tours, offered Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm. From archaeology and glimpses of America's founding story to heirloom gardens and living history adventures, there's much to explore and enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

A descendant of John and Priscilla, Tom Shirley, has expertly crafted a model of their home in Duxbury to be included in...
05/28/2019

A descendant of John and Priscilla, Tom Shirley, has expertly crafted a model of their home in Duxbury to be included in the new archaeology exhibit opening in June! Using poplar wood, Tom built a 1"x2' scale model of the approximate 400-square foot house. From notching the clapboard siding, to the casement windows and diamond-shaped window glass to the painstaking process of creating each individual roof shingle with a v-gouge, this model is an amazing example of an artisan's work. Check out the step-by-step process at https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/410077 Thank you Tom! John Alden would be so proud!

After a day of digging, weeding, raking, cutting, hauling, planting and watering! the heirloom gardens at Alden House ar...
05/22/2019

After a day of digging, weeding, raking, cutting, hauling, planting and watering! the heirloom gardens at Alden House are spruced up for the season! A big thank you to the amazing volunteers from Rockland Trust's RockCorp program for all their help and to Pam Webster-Walsh and Jeanette Mackenzie for their guidance. The museum opens on June 1. Please visit! (Photos courtesy Terry Reiber).

Getting ready for tomorrow night's Speak for Thyself Awards dinner and the fragrance of lilacs is everywhere as women fr...
05/16/2019

Getting ready for tomorrow night's Speak for Thyself Awards dinner and the fragrance of lilacs is everywhere as women from the Community Garden Club of Duxbury work magic on the table arrangements under the guidance of Mariette Wooden! Looking forward to honoring our five fabulous recipients: Sue Salvemini; Patti Ryan; Melissa Gates; Lynn Dale; and Michelle Cully! Thanks to all!

On this Mother's Day, we salute the special women in our lives!Orphaned as a teenager within a few months of arriving in...
05/12/2019

On this Mother's Day, we salute the special women in our lives!

Orphaned as a teenager within a few months of arriving in Plymouth, Priscilla Mullins grew up quickly. Marrying John Alden and starting a family - which eventually numbered 10 children in 20 years, she was not only "chief cook and bottle washer," she also acted as nurse, teacher, farmer, dairy maid, seamstress, and helpmate to her husband.

Today, in the 21st century, the Alden Kindred honor the remarkable Priscilla, and those who share in the mission of preserving her Duxbury homestead, with its annual “Speak for Yourself” award that recognizes equally strong, capable and independent women. Help honor this year's remarkable recipients at the annual Speak for Thyself dinner this Thursday, May 16, 6-9 pm at the Jones River Trading Post in Kingston. The honorees are business entrepreneurs, community advocates, non-profit board leaders, and authors: Michelle Cully, Randolph; Lynn Dale, Duxbury; Melissa Gates, Fremont, New Hampshire; Patti Ryan, Duxbury; and Sue Salvemini, Shrewsbury. For reservations and more information, please visit www.alden.org

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