Like their human inhabitants, towns have detailed histories filled with pivotal moments, questionable decisions, and sections devoted entirely to nachos. Dig up a city’s secrets with today’s Groupon for tickets to a Historic Colonial Lantern Tour or a Ghost & Legends Lantern Tour from Colonial Lantern Tours of Plymouth. The Historic Colonial Lantern Tours meet at Plymouth Rock, and Ghost & Legends Tours depart from the John Carver Inn on 22 Summer Street. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get a historical tour for 2 (up to a $24 value).
- For $20, you get a historical tour for 4 (up to a $48 value).
- For $28, you get a historical tour for 6 (up to a $72 value).
- For $75, you get a historical tour for 10 (up to a $120 value).
Colonial Lantern Tours of Plymouth, which has been in business for more than 30 years, sheds light on the town’s red-letter past during two education-packed walking tours. A costumed guide leads groups during the 90-minute Historic Colonial Lantern Tour, doling out facts and stories about landmark sites including the Massasoit¬ statue, Town Square, and Cole’s Hill, where pilgrims held the very first X Games during the winter of 1624. The area’s picturesque pathways weave chroniclers along the brook of Brewster Gardens, and accounts of Plymouth Rock’s ascension to national monument infuses each journey with a dose of inspiration.
Tour takers seeking a spookier trek through time can swoop into the Ghost & Legends option, which douses brains in 90 minutes of slaughters and specters. Handmade tin lanterns illume Plymouth’s macabre past, rife with haunted alleyways, unmarked burial sites, and lopsided baseball-card trades. Ghost hunters can investigate the legendary Burial Hill as well as the site where King Philip’s decapitated head was mounted more than three centuries ago.
Colonial Lantern Tours
Headless Indian chiefs. Vengeful witches. Treacherous generals. Though they may seem like figures in a horror novel or modern newspaper, they are all characters featured in Colonial Lantern Tours of Plymouth's intriguing and true-life historical tours. For more than 25 years, the staff of enthusiastic history buffs has traversed the scenic pathways of Plymouth and neighboring Boston, pointing out sites of interest while regaling guests with tales of the region's diverse history—from legendary ghosts to ghoul-inhabited tunnels to educational tales of pilgrim settlers and Native Americans. Tours meander through town squares, down hidden alleyways, and past historic harbors, guided by the light of 17th-century lantern replicas. Docents also offer seasonal Halloween-, Thanksgiving-, and Christmas-themed trips that detail colonial holiday customs, such as topping every tree with a bust of Benedict Arnold. To date, Colonial Lantern's yarns—at once macabre and enlightening—have enthralled numerous reporters from a variety of publications, such as the Los Angeles Times.