PLYMOUTH – Those who completed the questions on their copies of the Passport to Plymouth can get them stamped Sept. 5 at the Lock Museum of America and win gift certificates for free ice cream.
The stamping will occur from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lock Museum at 230 Main St. The event will be held outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
“A limited number of gift certificates for free ice cream cones at Cleveland’s Country Store, located at 655 Main St., will be distributed to those who visited the sites and answered the question at each location,” said Jerry Milne, grants coordinator for the Plymouth Historical Society.
Those who attend the stamping event will also be able to pick up a new brochure, “A Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Terryville” which is a guide to the neighborhood around the Lock Museum.
Last year, a $1,400 grant from the Betts Family Fund and the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation was awarded to the Plymouth Historical Society to create the Passport to Plymouth in celebration of the town’s 225th anniversary this year.
Susan Sadecki, president and CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation, said during the grant presentation that the Passport to Plymouth program is a “great way” to get residents and non-residents interested in learning about town history.
“Plymouth is one of the signature communities that built and designed locks,” she said. “It is very rich with history.”
Copies of the passport were distributed to every second grade classroom and available digitally and for print on plymouthhistoricalsociety.org.
The Passport is a 16-page guide to 20 historic sites in town which has maps, descriptions, photos and questions that participants can answer for each site.
Some sites include the original town hall, which was purchased and renovated by Helen Nejfelt in 2015 and is now “Antiques at the Green;” the Eli Terry Jr. Water Wheel, the Lock Museum, a village in East Plymouth that was home to persecuted British loyalists during the Revolutionary War and the Plymouth Burying Ground, the oldest cemetery in town, established in 1747.
“There are 38 Revolutionary War soldiers buried there,” said Milne. “They each have granite slabs which say which unit they served with and when they died.”
“The intent of the Passport is to educate residents in a fun way about the unique heritage of their town, to make them proud to be from Plymouth and to create a sense of place and belonging,” said Milne. “The sites were chosen for their historical significance but are also spread all over town so people see places they never knew existed.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.