You might expect to find the popular Pilgrim Monument in Plymouth, MA near other pilgrim attractions like the Mayflower and the living history museum, Plimoth Plantation.
But guess what?
The Cape Cod Pilgrim Monument is actually miles away – all the way at the tip of the cape in Provincetown. Provincetown is actually the first landing spot of the pilgrims and the monument itself stands at the very spot where the first stepped foot.
History Of The Pilgrim Monument
In 1620, the pilgrims spent five weeks in Provincetown before sailing on to Plymouth. During this time, while anchored in Provincetown Harbor, the pilgrims also signed the Mayflower Compact which created the first democratic society in the new world.
The Pilgrim monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the pilgrims first landing in the new world. The first corner stone was actually ceremonially laid by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, and in 1910, President Taft dedicated the finished 252-foot tower. The Pilgrim Monument is the tallest all granite structure in the U.S.
Climbing The Monument
Tourists from around the world come to climb the monument and visit the Provincetown Museum at the tower’s base.
For those with the lungs to endure the 116 stairs and sixty ramps, the views from the top are well worth the expended effort.
Location: The Pilgrim Monument is located on High Pole Hill at the intersection of Bradford and Winslow Streets in downtown Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Parking: Ample free parking is available at the Monument.
Admission: Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 15 and up, $3.50 for children ages 4 through 14 and free for children under age 4 (as of 2011).
Hours: The Pilgrim Monument is open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April through early December with extended hours until 7 p.m. from late May through mid-September. The Monument is illuminated each year for the holiday season, though it is not open during the months of December through March.
Cape Cod Vacations At Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is, of course, the perfect time to pay homage to the pilgrims. Affordable Cape Cod accommodations are available for couples and families across the Cape at Thanksgiving. Book a stay and spend some time exploring Provincetown – just like the pilgrims did.