However, I live in the States now, and a few months ago Miss America - the missus - and I decided to go to Plymouth Rock for a long weekend. For me because it's Plymouth Rock, of course, and for her it's a big part of American history.
Well, you would have thought that if you were in Plymouth Rock, MA, USA, and you also mentioned you were originally from Plymouth UK - born/bred/etc - there would be a degree of interest, but most people I spoke to, even residents, had no idea The Mayflower had set sail from Plymouth, Devon, those hundreds of years ago. I imagine they must have thought that the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock after that terrible sea crossing must have been one of the bigger coincidences in history. Okay, I got that one from Eddie Izzard.
We also did the tour of The Mayflower II and I was able to speak to the person in charge of its maintenance and restoration. He seemed to be known as The Master Shipwright.
Now maybe I was hoping for too much, although I wasn't expecting a home-coming parade, but I mentioned, that 1/. I was on the Hoe in 1957 when The Mayflower II set sail for Massachusetts, and 2/. I went on to follow my father as an indentured shipwright in HM Dockyard, Devonport, so knew what spiling a board on the larboard strake involved. So I thought there might have been a flicker of interest ... The guy just went, "Oh?", and walked off.
Miss America was especially incredulous. But having said that, back at our B&B there was another couple who were university professors, although hopefully not of history or geography, who had no idea there is a Plymouth, Devon, UK where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from.
It makes you wonder.
And in case you think this indicates the general level of US education it cuts both ways.