Day/Date: SATURDAY -10/1/22
Town visited: Plympton
Had you ever been to a this town before? Yes
Drive to town: 50 miles Time spent in town: 3.75 hours
What did we do in the town/area? PLYMPTON:
Rain was forecasted today, but we wanted to go to the first ever Mayflower Market Days Fair, which was a rain or shine event, so we grabbed our umbrellas and headed out. The rain was on and off, so it wasn’t too bad.
This new annual fair site was on the many acres of land alongside a home called the 1707 house recently featured on HGTV’s “Houses with History.” The house was initially built in 1707 and was restored by preservationists Mike Lemieux, and Jen MacDonald, who also own the homed goods store in Plympton called Mayflower Mercantile; the sponsors and creators of this new Mayflower Market Days Fair. They offered tours of the 1707 house at the fair, but tickets were sold in advance, and therefore all sold out.
At the fair, we walked amongst the many tents featuring locally made items, antiques, and vintage goods. Our friend, Amy, showcased her pottery and very awesome Grief Pots in her Lotus Root Pottery tent. We were super happy to take home a beautiful mug from her collection.
We also enjoyed so many of the other vendors and bought goodies from Prancing Pig (hot sauces), Hidden Acres Homestead (homemade soap) Crafty Cowgirl, (hat and neck warmer) and Stück in the Studio (cards and stickers).
They had live music and food trucks there as well! We got a rice bowl from Bon Me (Boston based Asian inspired eats) and ate under a tent protected from the rain. Despite the weather, there was a decent turnout, and it was well run, staffed, and designed. All in all, it was pretty impressive and a nice thing to do in this rural farm town.
After our very fun visit to the fair, we had a picturesque drive towards the town hall, came upon a beautiful old cranberry bog field, and passed by several fun autumn and Halloween-decorated yards.
Town Hall was next to the library, so we checked that out too. We moved on in search of Mayflower Cranberries Farm, a cranberry farm that has harvested for Ocean Spray for several years, but it appears as if they have closed, at least temporarily. We passed by Colchester Farm, which had a sign advertising picking-your-own vegetables. We stopped (as the rain was pretty light at that moment), but there was no one there either so we headed home.
One fun fact that we learned about Plympton is that it was the childhood home of Deborah Sampson. Some of you may remember her from our post from Sharon, MA (there is a statue of her in front of the library there). She is the woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Continental Army of the American Revolutionary War. She managed to fight for 17 months before being found out due to a need for medical treatment.
Indigenous/ Native land info for this region: Wampanoag, Pokanoket, Massachusett