Date: February 7, 2017
Contact: George E. Worth, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0739
Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore Superintendent George Worth has introduced that the Nationwide Park Service and the Truro Historic Society have entered right into a 20-year lease for the historic Highland Home in Truro. Underneath the lease, the historic society will proceed to handle the previous 1907-era resort as a museum devoted to Truro historical past and in addition protect and keep the constructing.
“We’re elated,” stated Worth. “The Truro Historic Society has been the constructing’s solely tenant since resort operations ended within the late Nineteen Sixties. The society has a confirmed report of taking good care of the constructing and sharing Truro’s wealthy historical past with the general public. This 20-year lease gives for long-term safety of a historic useful resource, and permits the society to spend money on its operation.” Susan Howe, President of the Truro Historic Society added, “Signing this new 20-year lease is an excellent kick-off to the Truro Historic Society’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. The Highland Home Museum is the proper location for our collections, exhibitions, and occasions. The lease is important to beginning our multi-year restoration challenge, and we’re very grateful to George Worth and Sue Moynihan for championing our trigger.”
The Highland Home is positioned within the Truro Highlands Historic District at Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore. It’s one in every of a number of cultural sources within the historic district that collectively protect and share with the general public such compelling tales as lighthouses and shipwrecks, historic hyperlinks golf programs, early tourism to Outer Cape Cod, and the event of Jobi Pottery. The Highland Home is on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.
Following Thoreau’s visits and the extension of the railroad into Provincetown in 1873, vacationers have been drawn to the Highland space. The railroad made Truro and the Highlands simply accessible to increasingly folks eager to recreate on the Outer Cape. With a rise in tourism, the development of enormous resort resorts started to happen. The Small Household, who had a farmhouse on the property, added a two-story wing to the farmhouse in 1874 and started working a small resort. The tourism side of the property continued to develop by the addition of cottages, golf hyperlinks, an indoor bowling alley and pool room, and casual ball area. In 1907 the Small Household constructed a big new resort on the property, and named it the Highland Home. Between the Highland Home, the unique resort, and the cottages, the resort may accommodate over 100 company at a time. The properties modified possession many occasions, finally being bought to the Nationwide Park Service when Cape Cod Nationwide Seashore was established in 1961. The resort operated by 1969.
Shortly afterwards, the non-profit Truro Historic Society requested using the vacant Highland Home for a museum to interpret early Cape Cod tourism, as represented by the historic Highland Home, and the historical past of the City of Truro. The NPS permitted of this association, and since then, the society has operated the museum underneath settlement and concession contract. The 20-year lease gives satisfactory time for the society to handle vital points, comparable to repairing and changing home windows and siding, repairing structural points, rewiring, enhancing constructing accessibility, and upgrading storage areas for the safety of its museum assortment.
For extra details about the Truro Historic Society and the Highland Home, go to http://trurohistoricalsociety.org/highlandhouse/