Mayflower Society of North Haven
The Mayflower Society of North Haven was established to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620. There are several reasons for setting aside a date to recognize this event: keeping a tradition, remembering our system of free government, and honoring our local history. It is therefore the mission of the Executive Board of the Mayflower Society to continue honoring this date by holding an annual banquet.
Traditions are strong in North Haven, and the tradition of the Mayflower Banquet is lasting yet dynamic. The elder members of the Mayflower Society remember when the banquet was held in church or civic halls, and the meal was prepared by the Mayflower Society families “potluck” style. Table arrangements were homemade and turkey dinner was standard. Because membership has grown and those involved have become busier, the banquet is now catered. But it continues to be a yearly gathering of North Haven friends and neighbors, and the turkey dinner and “Pilgrim Punch” continue the tradition!
This annual celebration also reminds us of the beginnings of our free government, which was first expressed in the Mayflower Compact. As the Compact says: “In ye presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of ye ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices from time to time, as shall be thought most mete and convenient for ye general good.”
The Mayflower Society also honors our local history as the founding organization for the North Haven Historical Society. It helps to support the North Haven Historical Society with money raised from the dues and banquet raffles, thus continuing their common goal of preserving local historical structures, documents, and artifacts related to North Haven. In early 2015 the Mayflower Society became an affiliate of the North Haven Historical Society, even more tightly cementing the bond between the two organizations.