Back in the early ’90s, we owned a 100 yr old summer house on Buzzards Bay in South Dartmouth, MA. When whale hunters reigned supreme in the 19th century, this was a booming, happening place where fortunes were made and mansions built. Our house–a caretaker’s cottage–was located on the grounds of one such mansion: The Colonel Edward Howland Robinson Green Estate at Round Hill. Below is an aerial view of the property as it looks today:
And here is the original caretaker’s cottage as it looked in 2009:
Note: when we sold this house in 2001, a few years post-divorce, it was a really quaint Dutch Colonial. The buyers more than doubled its size!!! If you look at the three windows adjacent to the original roofline, you can see where the new addition begins.
Getting back to my sea story….
Colonel Green was a descendent of the family who built and launched The Charles W. Morgan, a 117′ wooden whaler that sailed 37 voyages between 1841-1921. With her whaling days over, Col. Green restored The Morgan to her original splendor, and moored the vessel at Round Hill’s South Pier, where it remained a popular floating museum for the next 20 years. .
Vintage postcard circa 1927 of the Round Hill pier, from the M.L. Baron archives
Here are some photos (from 2009) of the remains of the pier….
and looking away from the pier, a bit of the mansion:
As part of the floating museum, a replica of The Morgan’s mast and hull sections were built to display the mechanics of rigging and whaling gear. Somehow or other (perhaps the hurricane of ’38?) the hull was pushed inland toward the Round Hill golf course. When my kids were little, they spent hours exploring and playing on this piece of sea history:
Round Hill and the surrounding seaside was an idyllic respite in a not-so-idyllic time in my life, and I appreciate sharing some of that beauty. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of this week’s challenge as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Unless otherwise cited, all photos taken by T.C. Mulhern, on Mother’s Day, 2009. The kids brought me back to Round Hill as a surprise gift that year, knowing I’d want to see “our old spot” before Maggie and I moved to Florida!
For more about The Charles S. Morgan, check out the M.L. Baron Archives, and Mystic Seaport Website.
Until next time…..
🙂 🙂 🙂