Lunch & Learn: Just Across the Brook

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Lunch & Learn: Just Across the Brook

Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch and Learn lecture series!

By Plimoth Patuxet Museums

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 6 · 12 - 1pm EDT


Plimoth Patuxet Museums 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA 02360

About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Options of Online or In-person available .

During Just Across the Brook: Wampanoag Women and the English Gardens at Plimoth in 1621, learn about the vital role Wampanoag women played in shaping the first gardens in Plimoth. Explore how archaeology, oral history, and written accounts have taught us how these women taught the English to plant and to use the native plants that grew in the fields that these women had created and tended over thousands of years. Wampanoag women living in the summer village on the south side of the brook at Patuxet in 1621 were instrumental in teaching the English to manure the fields with fish, to hill the corn, and plant beans, squashes, and pumpkins along with the corn. In addition, the English constructed their houses and gardens in the fields that lined the north side of the brook. Those fields were created by thousands of years of clearing and burning which fostered the growth of strawberries, blueberries, milkweed, butterfly weed, and chenopodium and to which jerusalem artichokes and sunflowers were added after they were introduced by people living in the central plains and southeast. All of these edible and medicinal plants were used by Wampanoag women and in turn, were shared with their new neighbors.

About the Speaker:

Fred Dunford, PhD, is the museum's horticulture lead and spends time working in both the English Village and the Historic Patuxet Homesite. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Dunford earned his doctorate in anthropology at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the co-author of Secrets of the Sand: The Archaeology of Cape Cod

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Plymouth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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What can I bring into the event?

You may bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy while you experience the lecture series. Our Plentiful Café is open from April 1-November 26. Lunch is not included in the ticket price.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Christina Coleman, Director of Public Programs and Hospitality, at (508) 746-1622 ext. 8107 or by emailing, with any questions or if you would like to purchase tickets over the phone.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event. You may give your name to the Event Facilitator at check-in.

About the organizer

Who We Are

Plimoth Patuxet is a not-for-profit museum supported by admissions, contributions, grants and generous volunteers.

What We Do

Plimoth Patuxet, less than an hour south of Boston and minutes from Cape Cod, is a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes Mayflower, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 and Plimoth Grist Mill. Visit our Craft Center and Plimoth Bread Company. Enjoy independent films at Plimoth Cinema.

What Matters

Our guests' experience is at the heart of what we do. The setting, the staff and a compelling approach to history combine to provide a memorable visitor experience. We are successful when a satisfied visitor recommends us to family and friends.