Dartmouth’s Heritage Projects include several large-scale projects that will leave a lasting legacy in the town and enhance the Mayflower commemoration in 2020.
Please note that all projects are still in the planning stage and are liable to change.
Plans have been drawn up for an innovative opaque glass extension at the back of the Museum, with a connecting door to the main exhibition area.
The extension would provide additional exhibition space for the Museum to display the Mayflower story and other aspects of Dartmouth’s rich history, currently not given the exposure needed to add to the visitor attraction and educational experience. Interactive screens and technology would be used to explore the stories underlying these exhibits.
Scale Model of the Mayflower
A 3-4 metre replica scale model of the Mayflower will be built by local shipwrights with students from the Noss Marine Academy.
A full sized plantation garden will be created in Coronation Park, to emulate the food growing techniques which were adopted by the early settlers, and will demonstrate the horticultural fusion of the two cultures.
This interesting and educational garden will be a point on the Dartmouth Mayflower Trail, with interpretation boards and digital smartphone information.
Without the help of the Native Indian tribes the early Pilgrim Fathers’ settlement would not have survived the first winters. The settlers took seeds and plants with them, such as wheat, barley, oats, root crops and medicinal herbs. Unfortunately, these crops and their planting techniques were not suited to the environment, and many crops failed.
Plants of New England Bed
Located around existing Liriodendron trees (native to New England) in Royal Avenue Gardens, It is hoped to create a new bed planted entirely with species from the New England area.
These would have been the plants which the early settlers would have encountered for the first time. Many of these plants would have been well known and well used by the existing native American people and were later introduced into English gardens by plantsmen such as the Tradescants.
Plants such as the New England Aster, Sassafras, Gaultheria, Tiarella and Actea are some examples of the types of plants to be used. There will be an information board listing and naming the plants, their uses and history.