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Bradford Gorham

The PJHS is deeply saddened by the death of our President, 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.

We are pleased to offer tours of the Rocky Nook site led by Howland Society historian, Eldon Gay!  These tours will be offered on Saturday July 16 and Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 10:30 am.

The tour will begin at Rocky Nook Farm, 67 Howland Lane, Kingston.  Look for the monument on your right. For more information, call the Jabez Howland House @508 746 9590.

The Rocky Nook Dig is back this year! Join us on September 24-27 (just prior to the annual meeting) to learn about our historic site.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Shallop Elizabeth Tilley

The Shallop will be sailing to Clark's Island on Sunday, July 24th.

A sail is also scheduled following the annual meeting on Oct 1.

All sailing events are weather, time, tides permitting.


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

The 119th Annual Meeting will be held at Plimoth Plantation on October 1, 2016 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 30 a banquet will be held at Plimoth Plantation.  Social (half) hour begins at 6 pm, with dinner to folllow at 6:30 pm.  Our After Dinner Speakers are our friends from Pirates Ashore, Morgan Rhys and Joe "Crow" Pereira.

Click here for more information about the meeting.

Click here for other interesting things to do in Plymouth.

John R. HowlandJack 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)