Pirates Ashore in Plymouth is an annual all-day reenactment of the little-known visit of three pirate ships to Plymouth Colony in May 1646 as described in Governor William Bradford’s Of Plimoth Plantation. Visitors of all ages are invited to the Mayflower Society House for pirate and Pilgrim fun!
10 a.m. – Old Colony Club fires cannon to alert Plymouth Colony of mysterious visitors in the harbor…
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. – Join the New Plimmoth Gard at the State Pier as they confront the Privateers coming ashore.
After cautiously allowing them into the town, the group will walk through the waterfront, across Water St. and up North St. to the Pirate Encampment at the Mayflower Society House.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Visit the Pirate Encampment throughout the afternoon for musket and pike drills, colonial artisans in action, and sword fights. Keep your eyes peeled for Pirates causing ruckus around town!
During this time, visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the opening day for the Mayflower Society House’s season! Take a tour and learn about the Mayflower Society House’s three centuries of history.
2 p.m. – Witness the final, fatal sword fight between a rowdy sailor and the Pirate Captain on the front lawn of the Mayflower Society House.
2:30 p.m. – Join us for the Murder Trial of the Pirate Captain by the Plymouth Council of War – will he be convicted?
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pirates Ashore Strongwater Soiree – Swing on by the New World Tavern, 56 Main St, Plymouth for sea shanties with our pirates and a mug of “strongwater” from local brewery Independent Fermentations