We hate to disappoint you, but the very first Thanksgiving in the New World wasn’t the Pilgrims’ legendary feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Nope, the first
Thanksgiving was Dec. 4, 1619—a year and 17 days before the Pilgrims even left England—at Berkeley Plantation
, when Capt. John Woodlief and 37 other settlers held a short religious service the day they ended their two-and-a-half-month voyage from Bristol, England.
Now, don’t go getting your drumsticks all in a bunch: Not a morsel of food was involved in that first
first Thanksgiving. Makes you kinda glad the one we celebrate is the second
first one—even though the Pilgrims, lacking sugar and ovens, didn’t have sweet cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie
. (They didn’t wear those black hats with big buckles, either, rendering inaccurate the Thanksgiving art projects of second-graders everywhere.)
See FamilyTreeMagazine.com for more about Berkeley Plantation and the real first Thanksgiving
, and for a dash of Thanksgiving genealogy
Monday, November 19, 2007 9:37:48 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)