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

Time-travel – for free! Come join Living Historians from four centuries of American History and experience American history for yourself.
On Saturday, 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, from the early 17th century through the mid 20th century. The Historic Village interpreters will inform and entertain – and serve as guides as you personally travel among the centuries.
America's Hometown Historic Village offers many opportunities to truly time-travel. Living historians portray actual historic Military units and are happy to display and discuss their history. 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. Most importantly, learn about our history from the folks who were there!
Allow time to stroll through our Artisan Marketplace to observe the tradesmen using period skills to create ironware, pottery, and period trade items for sale. We guarantee a visit to remember!

Participants in the Historic Village

  • Hog Island Garrison
  • New Plimmoth Gard
  • Salem Trayned Band
  • Piscataqua Company
  • Harmon's Snowshoemen
  • Rogers' Rangers
  • Hingham Militia

  • USS Massachusetts WWII Living History Group
  • 26th Yankee Division WWII
  • 504th  RCT/82nd Airborne WWII
  • Colonial Village Blacksmith
  • Big Bear Trading Company


  • "In my opinion, this is the best Thanksgiving Parade in the nation. Every year has a well planned theme, and everything lines up with it. Top quality floats and bands, and quality people running it make it a real pleasure to help out, and make me proud to be a part of! I have lost count of the number of years I have done so with my family. Then there are concerts, and events, and demonstrations, and a Food Festival that make it a complete weekend celebration. Well worth my trip in from Pennsylvania this year!"
    ~ David Jehle
  • "Drove all the way from Virginia with two small children to be apart of the BEST Thanksgiving Celebration. So glad that the quality and continuity of this parade has been maintained at such a high standard over the years so my children will hopefully have the same wonderful memories of it during their childhood as I did!"
    ~ Lindsay Dingess
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