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.

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On Saturday, November 20th, 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 17th 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 Citizen Soldiers practice the defense of their town – with spears and matchlock muskets!

Travel along to the eighteenth century to hear from the local militia men about the earlier conflict with the French.  Later complaints against the King and Parliament will be an issue , and their plans to establish self-rule.

Visit with soldiers of Union Army as they campaign to preserve the United States.  Chat with Old West Desperados and Lawmen, maybe witness a gunfight.

Wind your way through to the 20th century. Visit the WWII troops, and learn about the “modern” military.

America`s Hometown Historic Village offers many opportunities to truly time-travel.  Units portray actual historic Military units and are happy to display 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 many tradesmen using period skills to create ironware, pottery, and period trade items for sale. We guarantee a visit to remember!

Living Historians

17th Century

  • New Plimmoth Gard
  • Salem Trayned Band

18th Century

  • Harmon's Company of Snowshoemen
  • Rogers Rangers
  • Rehoboth Minutemen 13th Continental Regiment

19th Century

  • New England Brigade – Union army of the Civil War
  • Deadwood Law and Surety Co (Wild West)

20th Century

  • 103 Infantry WW1
  • 26th Yankees Division WW2
  • US Navy WW2
  • Battleship Cove  PT Boat 1/10 model
  • 101 Airborne Pathfinders D-Day unit
  • British Red Devils Commandos D-Day Unit


  • Rock Village Forge Blacksmith
  • Steinhagen Pottery
  • Big Bear Trading


  • "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
  • "The TD parade is one of my favorite events. Not enough superlatives to describe how wonderful the marching bands, floats etc are in America's home town parade. I would recommend to anyone to visit & enjoy this parade. It is volunteer and contribution generated so please donate generously to keep it as spectacular as it was this year! Thank you to all participants!"
    ~Yvette Bolduc Cingolani


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