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Thanksgiving on Cape Cod evokes a certain nostalgia of a bygone time when pilgrims and native Americans inhabited the region.
In fact, this is a time of year when many people reflect on that first Thanksgiving and what it might have been like centuries ago.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving
According to historians, in 1621 the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast – which came to symbolize the cooperation and interaction between the English colonists and Native Americans.
Although the feast is considered by many to be the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops.
Interestingly enough, historians also recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America, including British colonists at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. At that site, a group of British settlers knelt in prayer and pledged “Thanksgiving” to God for their healthy arrival after a long trip across the Atlantic. Believe it or not, this event has been acknowledged by some scholars as being the first official Thanksgiving among European settlers on record.
Whether at Plymouth or the Berkeley Plantation – celebrations of thanks, particularly the feasts, have held great meaning and importance over time.
Historians aren’t completely certain about the full feast, but it’s safe to say the pilgrims weren’t eating pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes. According to historian Richard Pickering, deputy director of Massachusetts’ Plimoth Plantation, the colonists’ tables may also have included lobster, eel, mussels, fish, Indian corn, radishes, turnips, and spinach.
So why are turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie such staples at our Thanksgiving dinner table?
“The Thanksgiving we practice today has more to do with myth than reality,” says Pickering. The food we eat is similar to the cooking of 1860s American, when President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving Vacations
Whether you are celebrating with family or friends, eating turkey or fish – a Cape Cod Thanksgiving is something that is cherished.
Make reservations for a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner at one of the top Cape Cod restaurants – and take advantage of a holiday package being offered by many Cape Cod Hotels.