Tourists traveling to Plymouth, Mass., this spring to see a giant rock will have to settle for a giant box instead, the Boston Globe reports. The famous Plymouth Rock, the controversial landmark the pilgrims may or may not have first stepped on, will be encased in plywood to protect it while the 86-year-old portico above is repaired.
Damaged by exposure to salt water and New England winters, the portico will require a government-subsidized $680,000 face-lift and the installation of a device that provides a continuous electrical current to prevent future rusting. Though both the portico and rock will be covered, Pilgrim Memorial State Park, which draws over 1 million visitors annually, will remain open. (Read more Plymouth Rock stories.)