Last Friday, May 29, 2015, we celebrated Plymouth Harbor’s first annual MacNeil Day! The inaugural event was sponsored by The Plymouth Harbor Foundation as means of celebrating our founder, The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, born on May 29, 1911. As we near the milestone of our 50th Anniversary next year, it was only fitting to honor Dr. MacNeil and celebrate the past, present, and future of our thriving community.
The commemorative event took place in Pilgrim Hall, where nearly 150 residents and guests gathered to view a presentation by Harry Hobson, President & CEO, Plymouth Harbor. The presentation first reflected on Dr. MacNeil’s vision for Plymouth Harbor, which was realized on January 15, 1966, when Plymouth Harbor first opened its doors to community residents, then transitioned into present and future initiatives.
The presentation also included a video (shown below) containing heartfelt testimonials from historic community icons, including Tom Elliott, Plymouth Harbor’s first third-generation resident, and Judith MacNeil Merrill, the late Dr. MacNeil’s wife, now a resident of Plymouth Harbor. As Judith puts it, “John never lived here, but I live here now. It has come full circle.”
We look forward to MacNeil Day 2016, where we will celebrate Plymouth Harbor’s 50th Anniversary! To learn more about The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, click here.