In 1620 the Mayflower ship sailed to America taking a group of passengers who would become known as the Pilgrims. These are revered as the founding fathers of America as we know it today.
Harleston played a role in this significant chapter in world history.
The Fuller Family
There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from Harleston. These were members of the local Fuller family.
There were only 41 signatories to the the legal document, created to establish their rules of governance. This was called the ‘Compact’ and became the foundation for the American Constitution. Two of the signatories were from Harleston, Samuel and Edward Fuller. You may see references to them in street names.
There are many building from the days of the Fuller family surviving today. Some of these timber framed buildings are hidden behind later facades or have been slightly altered with the changes to architectural fashion