A taste of history with the Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre

Explore the history of Priscilla Mullins’ hometown of Dorking in Surrey England and the fascinating collections in its museum with a presentation by historian Kathy Atherton. Click here for a 76-minute YouTube recording of the May 3, 2022 presentation provided by Alden House.

Desiree Mobed, Executive Director of the Alden House in Duxbury, MA (shown behind her) introduces historian Kathy Atherton (above, right) for this presentation. Kathy co-authored the book “The Weaver, The Shoemaker & the Mother of a Nation, The Story of Dorking’s Mayflower Pilgrims.”

(Above) The presentation includes an exhibit of a 17th century map of the town which is how shoemaker William Mullen’s house as it appears today was identified. Mullens was just one of six residents of this small Surrey town to travel to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620.

Included is the new exhibit “Darking 1620,” the story of Priscilla, her family and neighbor Peter Browne who sailed on the Mayflower, with an examination of the 17th century life they left behind. A cross section of the Mayflower (above, right) is part of the exhibit that was produce for the Plymouth 400 anniversary.