Middleton Hall itself is a grade 2 listed country mansion dating back to 1871 with two private lakes, walled Victorian gardens and mature woodland.
At the end of this period, in 1942, the house passed into the ownership of the National Trust.
See William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England’s first–born, Peregrine White, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by Myles Standish’s daughter.
At Pilgrim Hall Museum, you will also learn the story of the Wampanoag, "People of the Dawn," the Native People who inhabited this area for 10,000 years before the arrival of the new settlers and who are still here today.
The oak frame, typical of the period, rests on a base of red sandstone surrounded by a now dry moat.
The main beams of the house are stiffened with smaller timbers and filled with wattle and daub.
— the hazardous voyage, the 1620 landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth — is the founding story of America.