48 Summer Street has been home to The Jenney since 2013. For 10 years we managed and did business as the Jenney Grist Mill. In 2007 we acquired the building, changed our name and our location, but not the way we do business. We are now located in front of the Jenney Grist Mill. The property is next to the site where Pilgrim John Jenney had his grist mill and where his corn exchange, or bank, was located. Leo Martin was the miller at the Jenney Grist Mill for 10 years. He operated the grist mill and conducted all of his tours from that site. We now do all of our tours out of The Jenney.
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Leo Martin, historian, author, and storyteller, is the Director of Education at The Jenney. He has been giving educational tours in Plymouth since 2001. He is best known for his knowledge about the Pilgrims and other facts about the founding of our country. His love of God and country and his passion for history are what give him the ability to engage listeners and bring history to life.
Leo has been called “the last God-fearing guide in historic Plymouth, MA.” While so many others are taking God out of the history books, Leo maintains that the Pilgrims and Founding Fathers established “one nation under God,” founded on Judeo-Christian values. He is a champion of our nation’s founding principles displayed in the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. His book, “Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness” talks about the five liberties the Pilgrims were searching for when they left the Church of England and came to the New World and is the subject of one of the exhibits at The Jenney.
Leo and his wife, Nancy, co-founders of The Jenney, travel across the country teaching stories about the Pilgrims on topics of family, faith, economics, education, and more. They have been working together in Plymouth since 2001 preserving the Christian heritage of our country. Married for over forty years; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.
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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.