Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth Rock stands as an American icon and monument representing the early beginnings of American history. While there is no historical evidence, Plymouth Rock is considered to be the Pilgrims’ actual steppingstone onto the New World. However, the boulder was identified at this spot in 1741, 121 years after the arrival of the Mayflower. Considered the saver of the rock, Thomas Faunce had grave concerns in 1741 about the town’s plan to construct a wharf over the spot where the first Pilgrims, supposedly, set foot in America. His father arrived three years after the landing of the Mayflower aboard the ship Anne. Faunce regularly spoke about how the first settlers had pointed out the rock. As a way to agitate the British, rebellious colonists erected the rock in the city square in 1774. Consequently, in their efforts to move the rock, it was split nearly in half. Around the 1880s, a stonecutter chiseled 1620 into the rock. The Plymouth rock was given a new home in 1920 when a waterfront promenade was built in its honor to symbolize the supposed first steppingstone of the Pilgrims