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Pilgrims in England: The Southeast Contingent
Tour Leader: Robert Charles Anderson
September 9-15, 2021
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Join Robert Charles Anderson, author and esteemed scholar of the Great Migration and Heritage Tours for the third tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Our journey in the footsteps of Mayflower passengers continues in Canterbury and Winchester, where we will explore the towns and cities that nurtured some of our nation’s most notable Pilgrims. We begin in the historic cathedral city of Canterbury and UNESCO World Heritage Site where we discover insights into the life of James Chilton, resident of Canterbury prior to his move to Sandwich and ultimately Leiden. Walk in the footsteps of Chilton and his contemporaries, like Moses Fletcher on guided tours in Sandwich.
We then depart on the second leg of our journey for Winchester, known for the medieval Winchester Cathedral. Along the way, visit Dorking, the home of William Mullins and Peter Brown. Explore the historic market town and delight in its quirky boutiques, vibrant art scene, and proximity to nature. Examine the life of Stephen Hopkins in Winchester and Upper Clatford (his birthplace) and Hursley (where he lived as a young adult). Our program concludes with a visit to Southampton, where we reimagine the arrival of the Speedwell from Delfshaven and the Mayflower from London before the transatlantic journey that would change the world.
Many private experiences, in-depth discussions with historians, and delicious, traditional meals await us. We hope you will join us next year in Canterbury and Winchester.
Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration Study Project, was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelligence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and thereafter devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. He published his first genealogical article in 1976, and about the same time began to plan for what eventually became the Great Migration Study Project. In 1983 he received a Master’s degree in colonial American History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Anderson was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1978 and has served as Secretary and President of that organization. He became a Contributing Editor of The American Genealogist in 1979, Associate Editor in 1985 and Coeditor in 1993. He has been an editorial consultant to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 1989.
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