"This was a large wooden house, built in a fashion of which there are specimens still extant in the streets of our elder towns"
The kitchen of a reconstructed settler's house as it would have been in the 1630s
Creative Commons AttributionThe kitchen of a reconstructed settler's house as it would have been in the 1630s - Credit: James Walsh

In fact, Bellingham’s house was laboriously constructed from stone specially imported from Holland. Most settlers, however, built their dwellings from timber frames filled with wicker and clay and clad in wooden slats. They typically had steep thatched gables and centered around a large chimney and fireplace. Explore a historic recreation of Plimoth Plantation, the first European Puritan settlement, by navigating around the screen below.