Myth: The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
Myth: The Pilgrims were, well, pilgrims.
Myth: The Pilgrims were Puritans.
Reality: Most of the Mayflower Pilgrims were Separatists, wanting nothing to do with the Church of England. The Puritans, who believed the Church of England should reform, began arriving about 10 years later and settled in Boston.
Myth: At their first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims dressed in black and white and hats with big buckles, and the Indians wore feather headdresses.
Reality: The photo above shows the Force School celebrating Pilgrim Day in 1920. However, the costumes are not accurate. The Pilgrims wore white, beige, black, green and brown. It was difficult to dye clothes black, and people didn’t wear buckles until later in the 17th century. The Wampanoag Indians wore deerskin garments, but not feather headdresses.
Myth: The Pilgrims and Indians ate turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes at their Thanksgiving feast.