Historic Village

America`s Hometown “Portal to the Past” Historic Village

Portal to the Past Map

Time-travel – for free! Come join Living Historians from four centuries of American History and experience American history for yourself.

On Saturday, November 19th, the historic and scenic Brewster Gardens will once again be brought to life as dedicated living historians create a Historic Village filled with authentic camps and scenarios of historical eras.  The Historic Village interpreters will inform and entertain – and serve as guides as you personally travel among the centuries.

Begin your journey in the 18th century with Native Peoples and European settlers, and learn to separate fact from fiction about the gathering of 1621 which some call “thanksgiving”, and others consider a dark day. Watch the 17th century Pikemen practice the defense of their town – with long poles!

Travel along to the eighteenth century to hear from the local militia men about their complaints against the King and Parliament, and their plans to establish self-rule, but beware the King’s troops!

Continue along the paths to the 19th century Civil War battalions and note how their drill has evolved in response to the first “industrial war.” Debate the legalities of the southern state’s “secession,” and learn about the important role of civilian women to support the northern armies.

Wind your way through to the 20th century, and perhaps be swept along with the Suffragettes marching for women’s right to vote. Visit the WWI and WWII troops, and learn about the “modern” military.

America`s Hometown Historic Village offers many opportunities to truly time-travel. Visitors are invited to observe or participate in the many military, civilian, and children’s demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. Meet real historical figures, form up and drill, listen to period music, step into a dance, or try a game. Most importantly, learn about our history from the folks who were there!

Allow time to stroll through our new Artisan Marketplace to observe the many tradesmen using period skills to create baskets, ironware, pottery, prints, soap, textiles, tinware, and soap items for sale.  We guarantee a visit to remember!

Historic Village Participants in the past included

Living Historians:

  • Salem Trayned Band
  • New Plimmoth Gard
  • Gardner's Regiment
  • HM First Foot Guards
  • Pirates of the New England Coast
  • 1812 Marine Guard
  • New England Brigade
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
  • Blackwell Regiment of Foote
  • Harmons Ranger Company
  • rehoboth Minutemen
  • Commission Commonwealth Vintage Dancers (Suffragettes)
  • 502 Parachute Infantry Regiment


  • DyednWool
  • Leonard Tinsmith
  • Rock Village Forge Blacksmith
  • Horn Crafter
  • Steinhagen Pottery
  • Time Travel Textiles
    NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017


  • contact

  • info@usathanksgiving.com
    Phone: 508.746.1818
    Fax: 774-773-9365

    For information for sponsorship:
    Phone: 617-759-3139

    Media Inquiries:
    Debra Gallo & Associates

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