A 400th birthday doesn’t roll around very often. So when it does, the celebration must be an unforgettable one. In the year 2020, America will celebrate an event of international significance: the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Plymouth’s 400th anniversary will highlight the cultural contributions and American traditions that significantly shaped the building of America.

The Plymouth Legacy is an organization of partners supporting the Town of Plymouth in developing funding to realize “bricks and mortar” capital improvements in the form of an enhanced Water Street corridor. This effort would consist of new park space, landscape plantings, a continuous harbor front promenade, wooden boardwalks with seating and overlook areas, pavilions and interpretive signage designed to link the past to the present.

The transformation of the Plymouth Waterfront will create a series of new and enhanced public spaces designed to encourage walking, casual gathering, and sightseeing, with an emphasis on historic and educational components and interpretive artifacts, all contributing  to establishing Plymouth’s own unique sense of place, and telling the story of the country.

The Promenade plan highlights the the intersections of Brewster Street and Chilton Street with the creation of two new waterfront pavilions, located to reinforce connections to attractions uphill from the downtown area. These pavilions would be designed to provide seating and shade in a setting that also allows for interpretive exhibits, or outdoor museum spaces, which could a broad spectrum of material emphasizing the story of our nation, which began on these shores.  With your support, all of these features will combine to dramatically enhance the visitors’ experience:

  • Over an acre of public open space
  • New harbor-front walkways
  • Water’s edge boardwalks
  • Pavilions and a boardwalk overlooks
  • Six permanent “outdoor museum” sites
  • Relocation and enhancement of maritime memorials
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