The Pilgrim Monument was built to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims at Provincetown on November 21, 1620. The Pilgrims spent 5 weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod before they sailed on to Plymouth. While anchored in Provincetown Harbor they drew up and signed the Mayflower Compact, which established the rule of law for the new land.
Some interesting facts:
- The tower is 252 feet, 7.5 inches (77 meters) tall and rises 350 feet above sea level.
- The heart-healthy walk to the top on 116 steps and 60 ramps only takes about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace.
- President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone on August 20, 1907.
- President William H. Taft led the dedication ceremony after the Pilgrim Monument’s completion on August 5, 1910.
The Provincetown Museum, located at the base of the tower, is a charming mix of the old and the new. The permanent exhibits retain the appeal of an old-fashioned history museum. Exhibits highlight the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument.
There is also a recreation of a 19th century sea captain’s parlor at home and his quarters at sea, a diorama of the Mayflower Compact being signed aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor, and a scale model of the first theater of the Provincetown Players.
For more information, please visit http://www.pilgrim-monument.org.