Chunk of Plymouth Rock

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Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn's Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims has a storied past, meriting its own mini-museum of artifacts in its adjacent office-and-schoolroom building. The most famous item in the collection is football-size chunk of Plymouth Rock -- perhaps the largest piece outside of Plymouth -- displayed in a wall niche above a plaque reading, "The Door Stone of American Liberty." The church was founded by transplanted New Englanders, one of whom reportedly was given (or simply grabbed) the rock in 1840. It was kept out of the public eye for a hundred years, probably until its trail went cold, then placed in the niche. It's been there ever since.

Chunk of Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims

75 Hicks St., Brooklyn, NY
In the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, just across the East River from downtown Manhattan. Take A or C train to High St. Walk east two blocks on Middagh St. Turn left and walk two blocks south on Hicks St. The Rock is displayed inside #75, the Church House of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.
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