Plymouth Rock. Photo: seeplymouth.com Plymouth Rock has been vandalized.
Credit: See Plymouth

The historic and iconic Plymouth Rock has been defaced, spray-painted with the word "lies."

The graffiti happened late Monday night, according to state park officials, who have since washed the paint off.

 

Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman Bill Hickey said the rock is often defaced, telling the Globe, "This kind of thing happens two to five times a year,” he said. “It’s just the nature of where it is.”

The monument, which symbolizes the pilgrims' arrival in the United States, is protected by a small gate and sits in a deep hole. The rock is inscribed with "1620," the year the pilgrims stepped off the Mayflower.

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