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Old Plymouth Trails   By: (1862-1943)

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OLD PLYMOUTH TRAILS

BY WINTHROP PACKARD

Author of "White Mountain Trails," "Literary Pilgrimages of a Naturalist," etc.

ILLUSTRATED

BOSTON SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

[Frontispiece: The Mayflower at Plymouth]

Copyright, 1920, BY WINTHROP PACKARD

PRESS OF GEO. H. ELLIS CO., BOSTON

FOREWORD

The author wishes to express his thanks to the editors of the Boston Evening Transcript and the Atlantic Monthly for permission to reprint in this volume matter originally contributed to the columns of that paper and magazine; and to A. S. Burbank of Plymouth, I. Chester Horton, and Howard S. Adams for permission to reproduce various illustrations.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I OLD PLYMOUTH TRAILS II PLYMOUTH MAYFLOWERS III UNBUILDING A BUILDING IV FOREFATHERS' DAY V THE SINGING PINES VI NANTUCKET IN APRIL VII FOOTING IT ACROSS THE CAPE VIII WILD APPLE TREES IX MIDSUMMER MOONLIGHT X TURTLE HEAD AND JEWEL WEED XI THE WAY OF A WOODCHUCK XII ALONG THE SALT MARSHES XIII FISHING "DOWN OUTSIDE" XIV VOICES OF THE BROOKSIDE XV GHOSTS OF THE NORTHEASTER XVI JOTHAM STORIES XVII GOOD BYE TO SUMMER XVIII MYSTICAL PASTURES XIX WHITE PINE GROVES XX THE PASTURE IN NOVEMBER XXI RED CEDAR LORE XXII AUNT SUE'S SNOWBANK XXIII SPORTS OF THE WINTER WOODS XXIV COASTING ON PONKAPOAG XXV PICKEREL FISHING XXVI YULE FIRES

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THE MAYFLOWER AT PLYMOUTH THE FIRST PILGRIM TRAIL PLYMOUTH AS THE PILGRIMS MADE IT LEYDEN STREET TO DAY FROM BURIAL HILL BIRDS OF THE PLYMOUTH WOODS, WISE AND OTHERWISE BILLINGTON PATH ALONG THE BORDER OF "BILLINGTON SEA" THE STERN AND ROCK BOUND COAST WHICH GREETED THE PILGRIMS BAYBERRY AND PITCH PINE ALONG A NANTUCKET TRAIL A NANTUCKET LANE ALONG A BYWAY OF THE CAPE DUSTY MILLER BLOSSOMING AMONG THE CAPE DUNES THE SUN SIFTING AND WINNOWING HIS GOLD FOR SUNSET SUNRISE OVER THE POND ROUNDING THE BREAKWATER AT NANTUCKET WITHIN CALL OF THE OLD LISBON BELL CAPTAIN'S HILL FROM MARSH MARGIN ALONG THE SALT MARSHES OUTWARD BOUND IN PLYMOUTH HARBOR GEESE ON THE SAND SPIT AT PLYMOUTH WILD GEESE IN FLIGHT OVER THE POND THE FOX THAT SLIPS ALONG THE WINDING PATHS AT DAWN A CAPE COD CEDAR CENTURIES OLD THE PINES IN WINTER DEER IN THE WINTER WOODS PICKEREL FROM AN OLD COLONY POND

CHAPTER I

OLD PLYMOUTH TRAILS

"The breaking waves dashed high On a stern and rock bound coast And the woods against a stormy sky Their giant branches tossed."

So sang Felicia D. Hemans in the early years of the last century and she has been much derided by the thoughtless and irreverent who have said that the landing of the Pilgrims was not on a stern and rock bound coast. Such scoffers evidently never sailed in by White Horse beach and "Hither Manomet" when a winter northeaster was shouldering the deep sea tides up against the cliff and a surly gale snatched the foam from high crested waves and sent it singing and stinging inland. Could they have done this it would have been easy to understand that the coast here is stern and rock bound in very truth. The rocks are not those of solid granite ledges, continuous portions of the great earth's lithosphere of which the coast is built farther north, at Scituate, Nahant, Rockport and farther on; but it is rock bound with massed granite boulders, glacier rounded, water worn, but inexpressibly stern.

All Plymouth is made up of the results of pilgrimage. How many scores of fathoms deep the real Plymouth shore lies I do not know. It is down there somewhere where it cooled into bathylithic crust back in the gray dawn of time when the earth was made. There it is part of the same ledge of which Scituate and Cohasset are built. All above that is terminal moraine, rock detritus piled upon rock foundation by the glacier. Plymouth Rock itself thus came joy riding from some ledge up Boston way, alighting from this first and greatest New England Transportation System only a few hundred thousand years before Mary Chilton arrived to set foot upon it... Continue reading book >>




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