Thanksgiving at Brewster House

Thanksgiving at Brewster House B&B in Freeport, Maine takes on a very special significance. You see, it's a special family dinner.

At the Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the Pilgrims were grateful to God for His preservation of them, not only during the dangerous sea voyage to the New World a year earlier, but also for preserving them through the harsh New England winter, and providing assistance for them through helpful Indians, to provide a bountiful first harvest. At the three day celebration and feast, the spiritual leader of the Pilgrims was William Brewster, known as Elder Brewster, who had been one of the leaders of the group seeking relief from religious persecution.

Elder William Brewster and his sons came to the New World on the Mayflower. Eventually, their descendants made their way to Maine. Our Brewster, Jarvis A., was born in Lincolnville - north of Camden, Maine, and is descended from Elder William Brewster's third son (fourth child to survive to adulthood), Love Brewster.

While that Thanksgiving feast was not a national holiday, at first, it was repeated as an annual tradition in the New England Colonies, and later spread to the other Colonies (for more on this see Thanksgiving in America from Wallbuilders.

With this type of heritage, giving thanks to God for His provision, at this time, and always, has great significance at Brewster House.