We’re proud to participate in diverse historic preservation projects in Falmouth that other organizations are driving, but that we can support collaboratively with our labor, outreach, talents and energy. And we drive some projects, too.
Falmouth Preservation Expo, May 20, 2017
This began as an idea inside the Alliance Board, but eventually encompassed 10 “like-minded” local non-profits who were invited to showcase their summer 2017 programs. The main goal of the Falmouth Preservation Expo is to showcase local businesses whose products and services would help homeowners of old and historic homes to maintain, renovate or restore their structures. The 15 business owners who became exhibitors are listed here.
Heritage Map Series
The Alliance wishes to celebrate the historic character each Village contributes to our unique regional character as the Town of Falmouth. To that end, we have embarked on a multi-year project to produce a series of Heritage Maps, sometimes blending areas where it makes sense to tell the story together, as has been the case of our second Heritage Map, which combines Woods Hole and Quissett.
The Old Stone Dock Association
We are promoting the 2017 Bicentennial of The Old Stone Dock Association, Falmouth's largest neighborhood association that represents a large section of Falmouth Village. There will be several events and articles in various regional and local news outlets celebrating the role of the original stone dock on Surf Drive as the earliest commercial center of Colonial Falmouth. Keep in touch with the Old Stone Dock Association for news on its Bicentennial plans.
Tony Andrews Farm
Two of our Directors are members of the working group focused on saving Tony Andrews Farm so the remarkable contributions of farmers and Cape Verdeans in particular are preserved as part of an active farm going forward. The working group is spending the next several months researching models of farm management and collecting public input for a farm-management recommendation to November Town Committee. To collect public input, they have created a Facebook page. On this page, go to "Hopes and Dreams for Tony Andrews Farm" and provide your voice to the process. The survey will close in June in order to incorporate public input into the proposal to be put forward at November Town Meeting.
Friends of Nobska Lighthouse
We participated in CARE for the Cape & Islands Day, an annual clean-up day at a different regional locale annually. This year 50 other volunteers from the area helped to get the grounds of Nobska Light ready to meet summer visitors. Learn more about Friends of Nobska Light and how you can help to preserve this famous landmark.
Falmouth Station Restoration
With a grant from CARE for the Cape & Islands, we are developing a historical display for the interior of Falmouth Station, the restoration project of Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC). The display will provide an overview of the railroad line that extended to Woods Hole and helped transform Falmouth from an agrarian and fishing community to the tourism destination we enjoy today.
The Alliance was represented on the Advisory Committee of the EDIC's Falmouth Station Restoration Project for over a year. The EDIC has acquired a 99-year lease from Massachusetts Department of Transportation to restore and maintain Falmouth Station and its 2-acre property. The first Falmouth train station on this site was built in 1872 of wood. The current brick station, now used for regional bus transportation, dates from 1913. The EDIC’s goal is to restore the appearance of the 1913 building and develop the surrounding property as a destination venue for history buffs, cyclists on the Shining Sea Bike Path and shoppers in the Queens Buyway area. Be part of the vision for this property.
The 300 Committee
We continue to work closely with The 300 Committee, Falmouth’s land trust that is 32 years young, but experienced in “preserving natural places for Falmouth,” to promote new land acquisitions and feature their parcels on our Heritage Maps.
Falmouth Historical Society
Falmouth Historical Society is nearing the end of their “restore and renew” project to preserve and expand Conant House, the oldest house near the Town Green. Originally built for the first minister of Falmouth, the Rev. Josiah Marshall, in 1724, it now serves as the headquarters for the Falmouth Historical Society, the oldest such organization on Cape Cod, and houses the Society’s archives, research library, offices, and two exhibit rooms. These uses will continue in the new facility, with several pluses, including improved access for the entire community to exhibits and research on the collective history of Falmouth and its villages using 21st century technology. Learn more and support the restoration and expansion of Conant House by donating to this worthy cause.
Highfield Hall & Gardens
We have featured Highfield Hall & Gardens (and Tanglewood, the other Beebe mansion that was torn down in 1977) on both our first Heritage Map of Falmouth Village and our second Heritage Map of Woods Hole & Quissett. We are lucky to have an important historical gem like Highfield Hall – and its splendid gardens – offering year-round vibrancy to our community and to our visitors, so let’s celebrate it.
Contributing to the Future Care of Falmouth's Historic Assets
The 2016 merger of Falmouth's Historic Districts Commission and Historical Commission has provided an opportunity to produce one entity the public can interact with – one entity that can tackle both strategic and tactical preservation issues across historic districts and outside of them, too. There are three ways the Alliance can contribute to the Town's future care of its historic assets: 1) help the new Historical Commission to make the Town’s first town-wide Historic Preservation Plan (2014) a reality; 2) help provide input as to how the Planning Department can make it easier for the public to interact with Town Hall on questions and issues pertaining to historic preservation; and 3) help educate the public regarding the completed Local Comprehensive Plan, which has a “Historic Character” element in the Plan.