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Plymouth lays groundwork for 2020 400th anniversary

Mold-covered tombstones at Burial Hill were cleaned; the inside of the Mayflower II was painted; and a 300-foot timber palisade in a recreated 17th-century English village was replaced, all in a one-day, elbow-grease blitz by hundreds of volunteers who are helping Plymouth prepare to party like it’s 1620.

The work, recently done by 275 volunteers from 21 states and organized by Canton nonprofit Tourism Cares , is part of the monumental undertaking by town officials, historic site curators, and volunteers leading up to the yearlong celebrations starting in 2019 and into 2020 commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Plymouth on the Mayflower.

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