Towering over Town Square in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the site where a meetinghouse has existed since 1622, stands a historic treasure, a symbol of our country's origin, a tribute to the Pilgrim's journey to America, and a cornerstone of our history.
Q & A with Honorary Chair Ben Brewster
Q: Why are you involved in this project?
A: I have gotten involved with this project for many reasons. The building is the cornerstone of Town Square and must be maintained. It is the successor of many buildings on this lot, starting with the Common House of the Pilgrims. It was built over a century ago by a national campaign as a memorial to the 1620 Pilgrims. My many times grandfather is listed as the first pastor although he was not an ordained minister.
Q: Why does the building need to be restored?
A. There has been minimal work done on the structure in the intervening years and it is showing by leaks, sagging windows, eroding stone and missing mortar. The Town of Plymouth has stepped up with a contribution of CPA funds in hopes that others will see the need and help with the project. We must raise a million dollars to stabilize the masonry and rescue the impressive stained glass windows. We hope to have the work done by 2020 to be a vital part of the 400th anniversary of the Landing.
Q: How can people help?