National Geographic : 1966 Dec
Plymouth. The crowd watched the little procession in silence, and then followed it to Burial Hill. There the "Pilgrims" lined out original Pilgrim songs. The white bulk of the Church of the Pilgrimage stands near the First Church in Plymouth. About 160 years ago a conservative group broke away from this original congregation and built the Church of the Pilgrimage as a haven of orthodox Calvinist belief. Pilgrim John Howland House, the only house that remains of those actually used by Pilgrims, was built in 1666. There, Priscilla Alden Draffone showed me a courting mirror and told me its legendary story. "In the early days a girl smiled into her glass if she wished to show acceptance of a suitor," she said. "If she turned the mirror down, he was rejected. Do you suppose that's why we still say,'she turned him down?'" "Are you really a Priscilla Alden?" I asked. 821 ONY STEWART(ABOVE),AND IVAN MASSAR,BLACKSTAR© N.G.S. Freedom took a stand at Concord's Old North Bridge. An autumn rain spatters the place where determined colonial militia faced the British regu lars who had come to confiscate their arms. Warned of the redcoats' approach, the Minutemen-immortalized in the statue by Daniel Chester French marched to Concord from surrounding hamlets. The stirring tune of "The White Cockade" shrilled across the fields as the colonials advanced on the bridge. The British fired, American flintlocks answered, and the regulars broke. Their numbers swelling, the revolutionaries harried their adversar ies all the way back to Boston. Each April 19 groups such as the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Company re trace the footsteps of their forebears, sometimes through a late spring snow.