Pilgrim Monument Gets Ready For Tourist Season

PROVINCETOWN – One of the biggest tourist attractions on Cape is gearing up for the summer. The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 and commemorates the landing of the Mayflower in Provincetown in November of 1620.

“They met the native people that were living in the Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham area and they actually signed a declaration, the Mayflower compact,” said Executive Director Dr. David Weidner.

Before the Pilgrims made their way to Plymouth, they spent five weeks in in Provincetown meeting with the local, locating fresh water and started the process of setting up a settlement.

“Provincetown was a bit too sandy as it is today so they did pull up anchor, and they left and journeyed to Plymouth to establish the Plymouth Colony,” he said.

The Pilgrim Monument is Cape Cod’s oldest non-profit organization. In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt laid the corner stone of the now 252 foot tower.

Today, millions of visitors have flocked to the monument every year.

The monument is already in full swing for summer.

“Our grounds are in beautiful shape, people can come in visit our gift shop, take a look at our beautiful exhibits and stroll up to the grounds, and overlook the gorgeous harbor,” said Weidner

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