If you’ve never taking a drive through Kingston, Massachusetts, put it on your list. It’s just plain gorgeous and so much of the original or antique infrastructure remains. There are so many well-kept houses from the original settlers it’s a wonder the town is not as popular a tourist destination as Plymouth (oops! sorry Kingstonites and Kingstonians).

Somewhere down Landing Road near the corner of Maple St. up a steep and windy driveway is the Major John Bradford Homestead. The colonial structure with shaker shingles standing on the edge of a manicured lawn and fenced-in perennial garden, is owned by the Jones River Village Historical Society. Built around 1714, the house was intended for Mercy Warren, the wife of Major John Bradford (1653-1786), second generation Mayflower descendant and grandson of William Bradford, second governor of Plymouth Colony.

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