The home of Captain Christopher Jones, who led the Pilgrims across the Atlantic in 1620 aboard the Mayflower, will be opened (subject to reaching an agreement with its owner) as a tourist attraction for the 400th anniversary of the pioneering voyage.
The house in Harwich is being converted into a museum ahead of the celebrations in 2020, with a significant part of his former abode restored to its original features.
Mick Skeels, Tendring cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: "Harwich is already a brilliant place to visit with lots of attractions such as the Ha'Penny Pier and Redoubt Fort, among countless others.
"But with the surge of interest expected around the Mayflower 400th celebrations, Historic Harwich - home of The Mayflower - has so much more to offer people, especially those looking to follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrims.
"At the heart of that is Captain Christopher Jones' house, and for visitors to be able to walk around his home will surely make this the jewel in the crown of the tourist offer."
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