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Welcome to the John Howland Society web site!

We are looking forward to the upcoming 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. The Society is active in the organizations that are planning events leading up to and including 2020.

We are a very active society that maintains important historical properties and artifacts, some of which are listed below:

  • The Jabez Howland House (John & Elizabeth’s son’s home) in Plymouth is open to the public as a museum and is free to Society members. We offer excellent guided tours during the summer and fall months.
  • A shallop (named Elizabeth Tilley, aka “The Tilley”), which is a replica of a working vessel utilized on the Plantation, was built in 2004 and used to recreate the Pilgrims route to the Augusta, Maine trading post used by the Pilgrims to trade corn for beaver pelts with the Native Americans. We have the Tilley moored in Plymouth Harbor and run day trips during the summer.
  • A site (Rocky Nook) in Kingston where John Howland lived after moving out of the Plantation has markers identifying where the Joseph Howland homestead was located. We have conducted archeological digs at the site in the summer. The first dig was in the 1930’s and another was in 1956. In 1999 we started the current series of digs, which have been held almost every year. The artifacts from these digs were just cataloged, and there is a total of about 113,000 items!

Our Registrar has been working hard to streamline our application process. We now have an application form that can be completed on our web site. If you have an approved Howland ancestor or an approved Mayflower application, you may use it for documentation for membership.

The Society has waved the application fee until 2020. We also have a new membership category “Friends of the Howland Society”. This is for people who are interested in the Society but do not have lineage to John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. While working to gather the required documents for completing the application, lineage candidates can join as a Friend. When the application is completed, the membership status is converted to an Annual Membership.

Jonathan Stubbs, President