Public Announcements


120th Annual Meeting Sep8/9 2017

The 120th Annual Meeting will be held at Plimoth Plantation on September 9, 2017 at 10 am!  The  business meeting will be followed by a luncheon.  After lunch activities include a visit (sail is weather dependent) to the shallop Elizabeth Tilley and a memorial service at Burial Hill.  Guests are always welcome to visit the society's propoerties: Jabez Howland House and Rocky Nook.

On Friday evening, Sept 8 a banquet will be held at Plimoth Plantation.  Social (half) hour begins at 6 pm, with dinner to folllow at 6:30 pm. Our guest speaker is Hilary Goodnow who is the Public Historian and Museum Programs Administrator for Plimoth Plantation. She will explore the role of women in 17th century society and discuss how living history provides new insight into the joys, sorrows and challenges of their lives.

Click here to download the reservation form.

Click here for other interesting things to do in Plymouth.


Shallop Elizabeth Tilley 2017

Come see The Shallop Elizabeth Tilley at the Pirates Ashore in Plymouth event on May 20! Information is here.

The Tilley will be sailing to Clark's Island on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

A sail is also scheduled following the annual meeting on Sep 9.

All sailing events are weather, time, tides permitting.

If you live in the Plymouth area and would like learn how to sail the shallop, contact Michael. (We need crew members!)  

Please check the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley Facebook page for updates and information!


Rocky Nook Tours and Dig

The Rocky Nook Dig is back this year! The dig will take place on Sept 4-7, 2017.  Contact Eldon Gay for more information about the dig.

Rocky Nook  is located at 67 Howland Lane, Kingston.  Look for the monument on your right. For more information about the Rocky Nook site, call the Jabez Howland House @508 746 9590.


John R. Howland (1939-2011)

Jack Howland, 72, passed away peacefully with his wife and son beside him on Monday September 12, 2011, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. He was born in Dover, New Hampshire on January 5th, 1939, the son of the late John C. and Dorothea Hurn Howland. He grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1956. After high school Jack entered the Navy, and served on the USS Plymouth Rock for three years.

Read More: John R Howland (1939-2011)


In memory of Bradford Gorham


Brad was first elected President of the Society in 1999, and he served until his death on Oct 19, 2015.  He orchestrated the building and sailing of our shallop, The Elizabeth Tilley, from Plymouth to Augusta, ME, following the same route our ancestor John Howland would have taken. He was an affable and respected leader of the society who was proud of his family history, even writing a book "John and Elizabeth Howland PIlgrims on the Kennebec" last year.  Our sympathies are with his wife Christine and the entire Gorham family.  For more information on his life and information on services, please read his Obituary.