If you are ever in the area of Duxbury, the Alden House Museum should definitely be top on your list of places to visit. Part of the original property given to Mayflower Pilgrims, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins in 1627, the Alden House Historic Site remains an important part of American history.
Known as one of America’s great love stories, their courtship was later immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Courtship of Myles Standish”. When the famous couple moved to Duxbury, they raised 10 children, built a home, and became prosperous farmers while John also served as one of Plymouth colony’s leaders.
Over the next three centuries the Alden family would occupy and in time preserve the home so that future generations can engage with the story of one of America’s founding families. The house has been operated as a museum by the Alden Kindred since 1960, and continues to welcome visitors from across the globe.
The interest in colonial history and genealogy in the 1890s lead to the establishment of the Mayflower Descendant societies and inspired the founding of the Alden Kindred. They have been forging connections with Mayflower passengers for over 100 years helping thousands of families engage with their heritage through the exploration of the Alden genealogy.
Still owned by the Alden family, the Alden House Historic Site provides visitors with an intimate look at one of America’s founding families. With its two and a half acres of land, the house has the distinction of being the unique instance of still belonging to the original same family.
Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the property welcomes visitors to discover the story of one of America’s founding families through guided tours of the Alden family home, archaeological site of the ‘first house’, and to stroll its picturesque grounds. This is sure to be a trip that whole family will truly enjoy.