Provincetown’s Pilgrim Monument towers over the surrounding area, reminding admirers of the town’s connection to the Pilgrims. See the monument from outside and climb the tower for unbeatable views from the platform.
The monument was finished in 1910, memorializing the famous Mayflower Pilgrims who arrived in the United States in 1620. They landed in Provincetown and lived by the Mayflower Compact, a set of rules that later influenced the United States Constitution. Appreciate this monument created by architect Willard Thomas Sears and based on Siena’s Torre del Mangia.
At over 252 feet (77 meters), the Pilgrim Monument is tallest all-granite structure in the U.S. Note how it dwarfs the rest of Provincetown’s buildings. The tower appears slim but is actually made up of pieces of granite from Maine that are as wide as its walls.
Inside the tower, ascend the monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps. During the 10-minute trek to the top, see plaques that have been dedicated by cities, towns and organizations all over the country. At the top, enjoy the viewpoint which offers panoramic vistas of the town and the coast. As you delight in the views, take a moment to ponder how the Pilgrims may have felt arriving in this part of the New World.
At the bottom of the tower, stop at Provincetown Museum to discover more about the town’s history. Examine exhibits about the Mayflower’s passengers and displays focusing on the Native Indian Wampanoag tribe. Provincetown’s first fire engine is also located in the museum.
Walking tours frequently run from the site. Check to see if any special events are happening here during your visit. Every November, a lighting ceremony reminds attendees of the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World. If you visit between November and early January, be sure to return at night, when more than 3,000 lights decorate the monument.
The Pilgrim Monument has an entrance fee and is open every day from April through November. It you’re coming from central Provincetown, it’s best to walk. The journey takes just under 20 minutes on foot.