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PLYMOUTH PREPARES FOR 1993 TOURIST SEASON

 PLYMOUTH, Mass., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is just around the corner and the historic town of Plymouth is preparing for another tourist season.
 The first seasonal attraction to open is Plymouth National Wax Museum which opened in mid-February.
 Located atop historic Cole's Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Bay, the Plymouth National Wax Museum presents the Pilgrim story in 26 separate tableaux, with 180 life-sized figures.
 When the Pilgrims died during the first rugged winter, each was buried secretly on Cole's Hill, so the Indians would not know how much the daring band had shrunk. Now, Cole's Hill is haunted by the shades of those Pilgrims, nearly as animated as they were in real life.
 The Wax Museum gives a graphic portrayal of the Pilgrim story in the magic of light, sound and animation. It recreates the persecuted years in England, the escape to Holland, the Mayflower voyage and the landing at Plymouth where the rain, thunder and lightening of a raging storm make you feel a part of this courageous band of people.
 Plymouth National Wax Museum is open from mid-February through November. Admission for adults is $5.00; children (age 5 to 12) $2.00.
 Plimoth Plantation's 1627 Pilgrim Village will open for the season April 1. The Eel River Site includes an Indian Homesite and a Crafts Center.
 Extensive research has enabled the museum to reconstruct the early colony as authentically as possible. The timber houses, their furnishings, the kitchen gardens, the Wampanoag wetus, even the animals, appear as they probably did in 1627. The most exciting re-creation is the people themselves.
 In the 1627 Pilgrim Village, staff portray known colonists such as Edward Winslow, Myles Standish and John and Priscilla Alden. Their chores follow the seasonal cycle of the farming community: they plant in the spring, tend fields and gardens in the summer, harvest in the fall and preserve foods in late fall. the harvest is the focus of all their labors since their survival depends upon a successful harvest.
 Mayflower II, a full-size reproduction of the Pilgrims' ship, will return to Plymouth in mid-April after a winter in Florida.
 Aboard Mayflower II, visitors meet the likes of Christopher Jones, Master and part owner of the ship, and other crewmen and passengers who tell of their journey to the New World. Visitors are free to roam topsides and 'tween decks and see for themselves the cramped quarters where the 102 passengers lived during their historic 66-day voyage.
 Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II are open daily through November 28. General admission for adults is $18.50; children (age 5 to 12) $11.00.
 Cranberry World Visitors Center, which is operated by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., opens May 1. Cranberry World profiles the history of cranberries and the industry with a multi-media show, exhibits and a working cranberry bog.
 Cranberry World is open daily through November and admission is free.
 Whale watch cruises begin in mid-April and continue through late October. Capt. John Boats, operator of Plymouth's largest whale watch fleet, offers five daily trips from mid-June to Labor Day.
 Year-round Plymouth attractions include Pilgrim Hall Museum, the nation's oldest public museum; Forefathers Monument, largest solid granite monument in America; and Jenney Grist Mill, a reconstruction of the Pilgrims' 1636 water powered mill.
 Plymouth Colony winery offers tours and tasting throughout the year and, of course, Plymouth Rock welcomes visitors year-round.
 For additional information about attractions and activities in Plymouth County, write to Plymouth County Development Council, P.O. 1620, Pembroke, MA., 02539, or call 1-800-231-1620.
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 /CONTACT: Brooks Kelly of the Plymouth County Development Council, 617-826-3136/


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