In 2001 Leo and Nancy Martin rented what was then called the Jenney Grist Mill in Plymouth. In 2004 they co-founded the organization as a not for profit 501 (C) (3) educational charity. With the help of a board of directors, they managed and did business as The Jenney Grist Mill, giving historic tours about the Pilgrims for the next 10 years.
In 2007 they acquired the building they are now located in, at 48 Summer Street and changed the name to Jenney Museum. Heavily damaged by broken water pipes, they began the long process of renovating the building. In 2013 they vacated the mill, opened the doors to their new location and began giving tours and doing programs there. In 2020 they will begin their 19th year of educating locals and visitors to the area on the founding of their country. The name of the building will change to The Jenney Interpretive Centre to better describe the nature of what they do there.
Wonderful Tour, Take a Step Back 400 years.
The day we arrived was after a huge windstorm that left trees down and a windy cold day. Not good for walking, however Leo called an audible and presented his tour along with power point presentation to the four us without leaving the museum. We were extremely impressed with his ability to recreate the true story of the Pilgrims and Plimouth Plantations in a way that inspired us both about these founders of our nation as well as Leo's passion for freedom of religion and its importance today as then.
This was a great tour. It was good for our whole family. We had 4 adults and 6 kids (ranging in age from 5-11) with us and we all enjoyed it. It was great information and we learned a lot. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Plymouth.