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Keeping Sea Captains Row Legacy alive on Pleasant St.

Looking back from the Hyannis Historical Society Shanty in May 2019 after guiding the 1st tour of Sea Captains Row. The last look before the demolition in July, 2019 of 5 properties listed in 2016 as Most Endangered by Preservation MA on Sea Captains Row ... brings us to today Nov. 2019 when Preservation MA officially reported Sea Captains Row as lost.

Update ... Now incorporated at 35 Pleasant St. is a reconstruction of some of the historic architecture salvaged in display within a courtyard setting dedicated to remembering and recognizing what was lost is protected and preserved at the Crowell Homestead. Today it embraces a living history Heritage site. Crowell Homestead is one of the few remaining original Sea Captains Properties on Sea Captains Row that today tells a more complete story ... From the founding of Hyannis at one end of the "Row" to the Father of Hyannis at the other. Not lost but in full view it remains a testament to the original neighborhood of Sea Captains, a cornerstone, and the home of Captain Crowell of the 19th Century whose life and ships spanned Across 7 Seas in 50 years. The Crowell Homestead is the story of Captain Crowell and includes other prominent residents and ship masters of Sea Captains Row ... the Historic Gateway to the Harbor, to the Sea, to the Indigenous, to those pioneers of Patriotic Liberty and Freedom of Faith, within the original Barn/Stable.

Also in display is the Alessandra Collection, of original photographs from the 20th as well as 21st Century, spanning 50 years, Across Seven Continents, Honoring the Indigenous, as well as Portraits of Traditional Sea Faring Life. What is now in full view from the past, continues in the present, and enters into the future, in strong contrast to only seeing the world in the "here and now". It is a historical reminder of what has been removedfrom sight and memory. What is the rightful inheritance, spanning centuries, handed down from one generation to the next, a real life perspective of history of ship masters in a row of pioneers, founders and residents with their stories, of character, courage, of strength, of faith and hope, of success, loss, of opportunity on one street named Pleasant St. known as Sea Captains Row. Standing on the shoulders of these participants and leaders who envisioned and helped build a neighborhood and community for improving their lives, families and the world around them is an advantage. Understanding and sharing their values, purpose, beliefs held long ago of yesterday may still apply and may just hold the answers for many to the problems, questions, challenges in todays world. To bring back what was lost may brings to the table a renewed opportunity to make the right choice for a better future and also provide what is needed for the continuance of a rich legacy for future generations.

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Capt. Gibbs entrance door Salvaged from 47 Pleasant St. Now in display Crowell Homestead Front porch reconstructed from 46 and 56 properties Captain Bearse and T. Baker in display
In Memory of "Paquita" at the Historical Society Shanty with Dominic in May just before giving the 1st tour of Sea Captains Row 2019 before the demolition of the 5 historic properties.
After visiting the Crowell Homestead Prof. James W. Gould, Hyannis Historian stated the following in 2019 ... "I strongly urge the preservation of the Crowell Homestead in Hyannis,one of the last remaining examples in the Historic Maritime district known as "Sea Captains Row". At the peak of Cape Cod's maritime history, Hyannis was the busiest port on the south side, and this house best represents that period. "

"Located at 35 Pleasant St., it is the original homestead of Capt. Allen Crowell (1821-1891) dating from 1852. Crowell is best remembered for his humanitarian relief of the Irish potato famine by carrying in his schooner Cabot a cargo of flour to the port of Sligo, Ireland in 1847. He later became one of the few captains to command a clipper ship, Archer in 1853. This 905 ton ship was known as "a fast sailer" averaging 118 days to San Francisco, with a record of 99 days. The Archer competed with the fastest clippers like Flying Cloud, and made fast trips from ports in China and India." "It is important that this sea captain's house be preserved and protected."
*Amended to the annual Historical Society meeting in 2019 the Crowell Homestead was placed at the top of the list for Historicalrecognition and for Preservation.