Plymouth Rock fragment with painted inscription, 1830

In the early 1800s, tourists visiting Plymouth Rock were provided a hammer so that they could take a piece of the rock as a souvenir. By 1880, what was left of the rock was fenced off within a memorial.
Gift of the heirs of Mrs. Virginia L. W. Fox, 1911
Object Name
rock fragment
date made
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
overall: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 in; 10.795 cm x 6.35 cm x 2.54 cm
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Plymouth
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
See more items in
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Government, Politics, and Reform
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"It's a wonder to see such a relic exists! Thanks for keeping such artifacts for those of us to see hundreds of years later. It really adds to one's education to see such things in real tangible terms versus just reading about them in history books. Now with the internet access, I canshow others what is real along with their heritages, etc."
just love this!

Add a comment about this object