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“Eye opening and engaging!”
Review of Jenney Museum

Jenney Museum
Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic Educational Plymouth Tours and Educational Programs. Your Journey into History Begins Here! Meet Leo Martin, local historian and tour guide, who will take you back in time as he tells stories of struggles, survival, and faith that set the cornerstones of our country. Discover Plymouth's History - a Walking Tour: Hear about the people, places, and events that shaped the beginning of our country as you walk through the historic district of Plymouth. Reservations required. Forefathers Monument Tour - This hidden gem is the largest free standing solid granite monument in our country. The faith of the Pilgrims will become real to you as you learn what each of the five statues represents. Beginning with Faith, hear the faith story of the Pilgrims all in one spot. Conversations with a Pilgrim: Educational programs with Leo Martin and Goodwife Patience. Learn about all aspects of the Pilgrim family including economics, education, government, and faith. Christian Heritage Tours: If the faith story is what you want to hear, this tour is for you. All tours require a reservation. Visit our website for tour times and information about our tours and programs. Open seasonally.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 December 2013

This is the oldest standing house in Plymouth that Pilgrims actually lived in. It was so interesting to be given a guided tour, to ask questions, and really get a feel for the times. I'd like to go back when the upstairs is open and see more. I really felt like I had a better understanding of the history of Plymouth and the Pilgrims after this visit.

4  Thank Emily D
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Despite a blustery day in Plymouth, we bundled up and had a nice walk with Leo thru several landmarks on and off the beaten path. Leo made each step interesting with little known Pilgrim facts.

3  Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

I will start this by saying that I didn't go on the full walking tour; instead, I sat in a room before going into the Grist Mill. In this room, I sat and watched a video wherein Leo, clothed in period garb, explained the beginnings of the Plymouth colony.
Leo is certainly enthusiastic about his subject. I think of him as an example of what the Pilgrams would be like if they'd existed today.
The video was interesting, but I really would have liked to know about the diatribe against socialism at the end beforehand. It wasn't until afterwards I found out the whole "Plymouth colony was an early example of a failed experiment in Socialism" is a common Conservative argument. I honestly thought what he was describing didn't match Socialism, but that's another thing altogether. Also, he didn't bring up Mercantilism, but I suppose he didn't have to. Maybe he would if I'd had a chance to talk with him?
One thing that really bugged me, however, was when he ignored the fact that the Native people did not have a concept of land ownership, so the Pilgrams couldn't have fairly traded wapum (of which he gave a fairly simplified explanation, imo) for the land.
All in all, it was interesting, but I would have preferred to be prepared for the highly political ending to the DVD. However, we had the option to stop it whenever we wanted, and perhaps it would have been better if I'd had a chance to pick his brain.
I'd recommend it, just be prepared for the rant at the end beforehand.

2  Thank Hycanith
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jenneymuseum, Director of Education at Jenney Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

First I would like to thank you for coming to the Museum and watching the video and for your comments. I am sorry I was not there to respond to you in person.
The Pilgrims were forced into a communal existence by the people financing the trip. William Bradford and the other leaders of the community knew that this system would not work. Bradford knew that if people were rewarded for their hard work they would be more productive.
The wampum was used as currency in exchange for goods like furs, cloth, and tobacco, not the purchase of land. This use of currency allowed them to expand their trading opportunities and financially saved the community. These are all facts found in a book "Of Plymouth Plantation" written by Governor William Bradford, the second governor of the Plymouth Colony. Facts can also be found in a book called "Mourt's Relation" written by William Bradford and Edward Winslow, the third governor. These are primary sources. I would be happy to talk with you about these issues if you would like. The phone number at the Museum is 508-747-4544. Thank you again for visiting. Leo Martin

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

In September 2013, Leo Martin took us on a tour of Plymouth. Leo is an expert on the Pilgrims and the founding of this country. I rate this walking tour at the top of all those I have taken over the years. Start your visit to Plymouth with this tour.

2  Thank D C
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We visited the Jenney Museum and went on the Plymouth Walking Tour with Leo Martin. It was an incredible experience. We walked through Plymouth and heard so many stories of those brave early settlars but also received information with deep respect for the Native Americans who helped them stay alive, especially that first winter. Our visit to The Mayflower would not have been so impactful if we had not first experienced this amazing tour. So my advice? Take the Walking Tour first, then visit the Mayflower. You will be amazed at the tenacity of the Pilgrims and thankful for their faith in God that helped them pave the way for those of us who are privileged to live in North America.

3  Thank Jackie D
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