In November 2019, Dartmouth will launch its own Mayflower heritage trail in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the famous voyage.
It will tell the story of relationship with the journey undertaken by the Pilgrims, while visitors and residents alike will be walking in the footsteps of the Pilgrims.
There will be well-presented educational content, including a digital app to enhance the story. Dartmouth’s Trail is linked to the National Mayflower Trail that will chart the story of the Pilgrims from their birthplaces to their settlement in the New World.
The Trail will consist of three sections:
All three Trail elements will link up, and will also link with a River Trail, taking in the historic seafaring locations and the Pilgrim’s encampment further up river.
There are several points of interest to visit which will be part of the Trail, including:
The Museum, which will house a Mayflower exhibit and a Scale Model of the Mayflower, built by local shipwrights with students from the Noss Marine Academy,
St Saviours Church (1372) with its altar dating from James I, and the ornate rood screen and the south door with its medieval ironwork,
The Butterwalk (completed 1640) a gabled Tudor building with four stories, oriel windows, overhanging the pavement and supported on a colonnade.
The Plantation Garden, in Coronation Park, will emulate the food growing techniques adopted by the early settlers in the New World with the help of the indigenous people. It will be participative and educational, showing the fusion of two horticultural cultures and food growing techniques.
A metal Sculpture of a figure representing a Separatist en route to the New World, will be designed and created by Dartmouth Academy students working with an artist. It will be situated on the South Embankment and will be under planted with grasses to give a Prairie look.
The trail will pass Agincourt House (14th century), and end in Bayards Cove (1539) where the Mayflower and Speedwell were moored, and remains virtually unchanged since 1620. Bayards Cove Fort (1510) stands at the southern end of the cove. The trail could be extended here, by walking out to Dartmouth Castle (1488) and St Petrox Church (1641).
The Mayflower Trail will link up with a River Trail by boat up the River Dart, taking in the historic seafaring locations at the Pilgrims encampment, the Raleigh and Gilbert estates, Sharpham, Dartington and Totnes.
Visitors will be able to select parts of the Trail or link them together, and trail maps, quizzes and information will be available at the Museum, Visitor Centre and Park and Ride.
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