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Harlow Old Fort House Museum, 1677

Harlow Old Fort House
Harlow Old Fort House 1677 Plymouth MA
Harlow Old Fort House 1677 Plymouth MA
Harlow Old Fort House
Harlow Old Fort House Plymouth MA
Harlow Old Fort House
Harlow Old Fort House 1677 Plymouth MA
Harlow Old Fort House 1677 Plymouth MA
Harlow Old Fort House
Harlow Old Fort House Plymouth MA

NOTE: 2021 Hours: Tuesdays 11am-3pm

We are currently operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is via guided tour only; group sizes will be limited for comfort and security. Advance tickets are not required, but may be purchased by calling 508-746-0012. To arrange a group visit or to request a tour on a different day of the week, please email director@plymouthantiquarian.org.
Tours are FREE for Plymouth Antiquarian Society members and Plymouth residents. To schedule a free guided tour, call or email.*

*COVID-19 Policy: Following current State and CDC guidance, masks are not required for visitors who have been vaccinated. Anyone who has not been vaccinated is advised to wear a face mask and maintain 6′ distance from guides and other visitors inside the museum. Visitors will not be asked about their vaccination status. 

Step back in time when you enter this family home, one of Plymouth’s finest examples of Federal style architecture. Period rooms reveal the richness of 19th-century social and domestic life, with faithfully reproduced wallpaper and carpeting, China Trade treasures, American furnishings, paintings, and textiles.

Built in 1677, the gambrel-roofed house is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings in the oldest established town in the Commonwealth. It was originally the family residence of settler William Harlow, a farmer, cooper and town official, who also served as sergeant of the local militia and participated in King Philip’s War.

In 1676, Harlow was granted permission to salvage material from the Pilgrim’s fort-house on Burial Hill to use in the construction of his new dwelling. From the early 19th century, the Harlow House has been notable for the hand-hewn beams attributed to this source. The house, a local landmark for generations, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. After hundreds of years of being lived in, the Harlow House remains a welcoming place for children and families to explore the past. Tours and educational programs are offered seasonally.

A series of festive special events is held at the site annually, including “The Corn Planting,” enacted each year by local schoolchildren, a spinning bee and craft fair, and the annual Pilgrim Breakfast, a traditional New England repast featuring fish cakes, baked beans and corn bread. The Sgt. William Harlow Family Association holds a gathering for descendants of original settler William Harlow at the historic homestead every summer.

 

Location:

119 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, MA. 02360

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