Public Announcements


Shallop Elizabeth Tilley 2018

The Shallop Elizabeth Tilley will be sailing to Clark's Island on Sunday, July 15, 2018 to participate in the Duxbury Rural Historical Society picnic.

A sail is also scheduled following the annual meeting on August 11.

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.