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Mount Hope Farm Presents

400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving

A Free Day of Family Fun

Sunday, November 7, starting at 11am

A partnership with Bristol’s Rogers Free Library. With appreciation for grant funding from the Friends of Rogers Free Library.

  • Pokanoket Tribal Encampment

Learn more about the first residents of Mount Hope lands from members of the Pokanoket Tribe and visit a real Native American Wetu. Ongoing outdoor activities include cooking demonstrations, basket weaving and crafts, and discussion of herbal medicines. Plus, enjoy Native American drummers (11:30 am and 2 pm) and tribal story telling (1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm). 

  • Children’s Story Hour and Crafts with Mrs. Katz

Mrs. Katz and Her Hats joins us from Bristol’s Rogers Free Library to read Thanksgiving stories and to make related crafts. Held in the Barn at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. (Craft session requires registration: link here for 11:30 am session or 1:30 pm session.)

  • Hay Wagon Rides

Enjoy the beautiful vistas of our Mount Hope Farm property as you traverse our trails on a horse-drawn hay wagon generously provided by Frerichs Farm of Warren. Ongoing throughout the day.

  • Theatre Presentation: Arriving on the Mayflower

Improv players from Roger Williams University tell the story of John Aden and his fellow travelers, including their trip on the Mayflower and early days in New England. Adjacent to our Barn at 12 noon and 3 pm.

  • Visits to King Philip’s Seat

A rare opportunity to visit the site where King Philip (Metacomet) met with tribal leaders throughout the region. Pokanoket Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (William Guy), the tenth generation descendant of the Massasoit Osamequin, will be on hand to relay the history of his people. Guests will be transported by bus. 4 trips, 12 guests/trip. Registration required. Click for preferred timeslot: 11:30 am; 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm.

  • Book Discussion and Tea: The Flight of the Sparrow

Amy Belding Brown’s historical novel explores a Puritan woman’s life with Native Americans of the Mass Bay Colony in 1676. Read the book (available at Rogers Free Library, Amazon, etc.) and join us for discussion of this evocative tale along with a light afternoon tea. 2 pm in Governor Bradford House. Attendance is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

  • Story Walk: Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

This beautiful book about the importance of giving thanks every day is on display along our Farm’s trail. Take a walk and enjoy its artistry and its message. Ongoing throughout the day

  • Video Presentation: Meet William Bradford

The Pilgrims were crossing the Atlantic when William Bradford suggested they sign the Mayflower Contract to enact their own laws and elect leaders for the free government. He is also recognized for suggesting the first feast of Thanksgiving. Learn more about his story in this video presentation. Ongoing in the Barn.

  • Join local vendors for lunch, including soup, turkey sandwiches, hot chocolate and more!
  • What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving: A Panel Discussion

Join local historians Donald Brown and David Weed, PsyD, as we explore myths and truths about the first Thanksgiving that brought together the Pilgrims and Native Americans in a three-day harvest celebration and feast. In the Barn at 5:30 pm. Register here.

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