Plymouth: Pilgrim Progress continues tradition

Beginning 92 years ago, volunteers have re-enacted a 1627 description of Pilgrims walking to church to the beat of a drum – Pilgrim Progress.

Fifty-two people in 17th century garb, each representing one of the survivors of Plimoth Colony’s fatal first winter, walk from the Mayflower House on Plymouth’s North Street, along the waterfront, through Town Square and up Burial Hill to the site of the first meeting house. A singer leads the gathering of residents and tourists in psalm singing, the man representing the first pastor says some words and they walk back.

It does not attract the 200,000 people who came to Plymouth last weekend for the lavish Thanksgiving parade, but it does attract hundreds who appreciate its simplicity.

In the audio, WATD’s Charles Mathewson interviews Dr. Paul Jehle, who portrays the colony’s elder Brewster, and tracks the Progress up the hill.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson is a reporter at WATD.