Few people know that the pilgrims first struck land in Provincetown, on November 21, 1620, before continuing on to Plymouth. ... More
Few people know that the pilgrims first struck land in Provincetown, on November 21, 1620, before continuing on to Plymouth. While anchored in Provincetown Harbor, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, dedicating themselves to a community governed by rudimentary democratic rule. This tower was built in 1910 to commemorate that landing was modeled after the clock tower of the Palazzo Pubblico (specifically the Torre del Mangia) in Siena, Italy. A climb to the top affords one of the best views on the entire Cape.
The cape was wonderful we actually got a tour of the Highland Light House inside and got to walk the out side of the top of light house then to P town Race point beach was spectacular the place was off season but still had a great time ppl were great and the ocean the best a must see.......
This monument was breath taking. A bit hard on the knees when you walk down. But we got engaged at the top so I think my knees were weak for other reasons. Great photo's, wonderful staff, excellent monument to visit!
More in the museum than I was expecting. Insight into life way back was educational. Found a few interesting books in their shop - Pilgrim/Indian relations and Sailors' Valentines. Informative staff.
Climbing up to the top of the monument wasn't as bad as you'd imagine though it has high winds at the top and is very loud inside as every sound echoes.
We scaled the 116 stair climb with a little bit of exertion and a lot of humor. It was eventful to see the blocks placed by various cities and people and know that we had been to many of them. The climb was done on a warm afternoon and the sun allowed a clear view from the top. The view was magnificent, you can see for miles. Since it is square, you can see the whole area and it is like going up in the statue of liberty. Not crowded, plenty of room. I would not advise for those who are not in good health. It is a difficult climb for the knees, heart, and lungs, altitude changes, etc. Enjoyed! Don't forget to pick up your sticker that says you made it up to the top!
Was fun climbing the circular staircase to the top of monument. ( huff and puff ) Reaching the top we found the scenery spectacular. The lower part of monument had some interesting exhibets on display. T'was truly enjoyable. I recommend the P-Town monument to all vacationers. P.S. Needless to say, coming down the staircase was much easier.
First off, don't visit the monument on a full stomach! It's a good climb to the top. Their handouts tell you it's 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top. All in all it's not THAT bad, as you walk some steps, walk the ramp, walk some steps, rinse, repeat. We were barely winded at the top, but maybe that just means we're not THAT old yet! If you've got a bad ticker, this might not be the place to test it.
The history of the monument is it was built to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in P-town, before they went on to Plymouth Rock. The monument has a museum that accompanies it, and there is some good history there to tell, covering P-town, the pilgrims, Mayflower compact, and some P-town history.
The tower itself is just over 250 feet, and the view from the top is the best on the Cape. It's certainly the tallest place on the Cape. The only drawback is the views are somewhat obstructed by grates, Plexiglas, and safety features. You have to put your camera through holes to get unobstructed shots. But the views are still excellent and well worth the climb. It goes without saying that you can see the entire town, schools, ball yards, etc, but also the great dunes of the National Seashore, and a large portion of the cape as well. You can see to the mainland, and well out to sea.
The children, including the 4 year old, had very little trouble climbing all the way to the top.
The museum was also excellent, with an overview and some detail into P-towns deep history and connection to maritime history and lore. There are some relics and remnants of great explorers of Cape Cod origin, some Native American stuff, and some history of Cape Cod industry, including glass factories and their products. There are some rotating exhibits, so there will likely be something different every time you go there.
You should plan budget maybe 2 hours at the monument and museum. It probably takes a good half hour to climb the tower, look around, and get back down, and you�ll want to spend some time reading the exhibits and looking around. There is a small gift shop area as well. There are also some nice views from the pavilion area on the bay side of the monument, and when you�re done spend some time just walking around, looking out at the sea and up at the monument, and snapping those all important photographs.
We managed to drive out to P-town from Yarmouthport in the morning, climb the monument and check out the museum, and still make it with time to spare to our 12:30 whale boat.
It�s a pretty budget minded activity as well, with adults less than $10, and kids were just a few dollars, and worth every penny.
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The largest granite monument in the United States, this monument portrays the heroic figure of a personified Faith with her
foot on Plymouth Rock, and her finger pointing heavenwards; below the main figure are a number of relief sculptures ...
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