Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pilgrim cradle

One of most magical Pilgrim relics is the Peregrine White Cradle, which is part of the collection of Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Tradition has it that Susanna and William White brought the oak, maple and willow wicker cradle with them from Holland when they sailed over on the Mayflower. And it held their son Peregrine, who was born aboard the ship in Provincetown harbor in November 1620.

Whether the cradle really made that legendary voyage or arrived later, it stands as a physical symbol of the birth of New England and the cradle of (European) America.


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