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Torch passed; no burns suffered

November 9th, 2010 by admin

Hello, readers. My name is Aaron Dougherty and I would like to thank Buddy Tripp for the introduction, as well as for his labors on this blog over the last few years. I will be taking over this blog for the foreseeable future. As I am a fairly new employee who is just starting out in the field of first-person colonial interpretation, I hope that my experiences at the Plantation will be of interest to visitors curious to know what “Pilgrims” feel as they conduct their research, develop their characters, and force their vocal cords to do all sorts of things that feel unnatural to the 21st century dialect.

For my first post, I would like to invite everyone to the Plantation this coming Thursday, the 11th of November, for Veterans Day. Veterans and active duty members of the military get free admission on this day to both the Plantation and the Mayflower II. In honor of their visit, the 1627 English Village will be conducting a military muster which includes the display and drill of match-lock muskets, pikes and armor. There will be an exhibition firing of the muskets at 11:11 am, and a militia exercise at 3:00 pm. Will Captain Standish’s much discussed snaphance firearm be exhibited? Stop by the village and see!

For those unfamiliar with seventeenth century European warfare, the term “pike and shot” refers to the two staples of any self-respecting English army (or militia) of this time period. The pike is a 10 to 12 foot long spear lowered by a pike-man to create a defense against charging cavalry or melee infantry. Musketeers who have fired their pieces can retire behind a body of pike-men to reload their pieces, emerging once more to exchange shot with the enemy. For more information on the warfare of this period or to hear about the thoughts and experiences of both musketeers and pike-men in the New Plimoth colony, make certain to stop on by.

That about does it for this, my first ever post on the Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim blog. I look forward to many further interesting discussions. Please feel free to ask questions or comment on what you would like to learn from future posts.

Good day to you!

Aaron Dougherty

Interpretation Apprentice

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7 Responses to “Torch passed; no burns suffered”

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Aaron,

    We are looking forward to many happy returns with you at the blog helm. Keep up the good work!

  2. Buddy says:

    Well done, Ned!

  3. Stacy says:

    Welcome Aaron! A great first post and I think the blog is in good hands. Can’t wait to see what’s to come.

  4. Tinky says:

    I love it that we will be learning along with you. Welcome, indeed, Aaron.

  5. Suzy Brooks says:

    Hi Aaron,

    My students love visiting the Plimoth blogs, and had a great visit there on the 10th… I’ve shared this video on every page I visit – but it’s so COOL!!!

    Good luck as you make your way about the Interweb!!


  6. admin says:

    Hi Suzy,
    I haven’t had opportunity to pass the comments over to Aaron yet. Let me, on all our behalves, thank you for your cute film. And the same to you and your students for visiting us!


  7. KMWall says:

    Post early and often, dear Pilgrim,and intead of feeling guilty, I’ll use the time to oooking old style. and @Suzy – I remember those kids – in a good way – and I LOVE the video!

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