Historic Cape Cod: Victorian Age in Falmouth

Historic Cape Cod: Victorian blouse

This charming exhibit on historic Cape Cod is at Falmouth’s Museums on the Green will be running through October 11th. It is located in the 1730 Conant House at 65 Palmer Avenue, just 2 door away from the Palmer House Inn.

Historic Cape Cod: Victorian  blouse
Historic Cape Cod: Victorian blouse embellished with beads.
Antique Victorian Dress
Antique Victorian Dress

Two of the values that people of the Victorian era held dear were respectability and propriety. The rules of behavior and dress were strictly enforced by society. Getting dressed in the late nineteenth century had its own strict ritual. The care with which middle and upper class women dressed is an indication of how much importance was placed on one’s appearance. The fashion of the day was in an intricately coded language, as I guess it always has been and will continue to be. Fabrics, jewelry, embellishments and styles would indicate a persons social standing, economic situation and intellectual leanings. Victorian woman delighted in taking a bit of fabric and adding lace, beading or ruffling.

Historic Cape Cod: Victorian Swimwear
Historic Cape Cod swimwear, Victorian style

Most of the clothing in the exhibit are the fancier items that were saved and cared for, in other words their Sunday best. Sailing captains’ wives and other well-to-do Falmouth residents were known to dress formally. While the working class Falmouth residents such as the fishermen, crafts people and farmers’ clothing was not preserved. In those days of home weaving and hand sewing, people used their clothing until it wore out, at which time it was probably turned into rags. Woolen items were cut into strips and braided to make rugs.  Other fabrics were sewn into quilts. The items in the exhibit, show the clothing that people cherished and saved.

For women at the turn of the twentieth century, getting dressed was a lengthy process. It was not unusual for a woman to wear fifteen pounds of undergarments alone. They were put on layer upon layer. The clothing was uncomfortable, hot and confining. There is one photo at the exhibit that shows two women in a canoe. They are wearing wide-brimmed hats, full length belted skirts, high neck blouses with ties and long buttoned sleeves. It does not show their feet but if they were wearing button-up shoes like the ones in the nearby case, they would have been goners if the canoe had capsized.

Historic Cape Cod: Spritsail Sailboat
Spritsail Sailboat

There is another photo of a spritsail sailboat. This is a rig design that is unique to Falmouth and Eel Pond in the Woods Hole section of town. The boat was designed with the mast located in the bow, with one large sail. As the boat approached the fixed bridge, the crew would step the mast. Which means that it is lifted from its mount and placed horizontally in the boat. The boat passed under the bridge and the crew would put the mast back into place. When a draw bridge was built over the inlet to Eel Pond this type of boat was no longer needed. However, upon occasion a spritsail can be seen in Falmouth waters.

Victorian Parlor Games
Victorian Parlor Games

During the late nineteenth century, Cape Cod was in transition. For generations whaling and fishing had been the primary source of income. When the fisheries collapsed and whaling became no longer profitable, people started leaving the area in order to find work. At that same time, wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers started coming to the area to vacation. They liked the fresh air and the beautiful beaches. The resorts and hotels soon followed. During the early part of the twentieth century, the rail lines arrived and brought more tourists. Thus the Victorian Age came to Falmouth.

Victorian Hats
Victorian Hats

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Falmouth Museums on the Green

1730 Conant House
65 Palmer Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540

Falmouth Museums on the Green are located in the Historic District and just a few steps from the Palmer House Inn.

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm with beautiful antiques and historic Cape Cod items, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

1st & Only Tesla Destination Charging Station Cape Cod

Tesla destination charging station at the Palmer House Inn.

Tesla Destination Charging Station Cape Cod Up and Running at Falmouth Village’s Palmer House Inn

News from Falmouth Village, MA – August 30, 2014

Tesla destination charging station Cape Cod
Tesla at the Palmer House Inn.
Tesla destination charging station Cape Cod
2 Tesla charging stations

Falmouth Village, MA – When Bill O’Connell, co-owner of the Palmer House Inn in Falmouth Village, MA, heard his guests lament they’d have to drive all the way to Rhode Island to find an efficient charging station for their Tesla electric car, he got charged up! Understanding the conundrum of charging for Tesla electric cars on Cape Cod, he reached out to the innovative car company and was accepted as the first and only Tesla Destination Charging Location Cape Cod for Tesla drivers. A dual charging station was recently installed at Palmer House Inn, so now Tesla owners have a convenient and efficient charging station when they stay at the Palmer House in Falmouth Village, Cape Cod.

The Tesla destination Cape Cod charging stationTesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome, according to their website. The Tesla Roadster hit the streets in early 2008 as a sports car that could go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and travel for 245 miles per charge. Today, the demand for premium Tesla electric cars has skyrocketed with thousands on order directly through the company.

Yet, the issue of charging can be a problem for those who wish to travel longer distances so Tesla created its Destination Charging Location program and Palmer House Inn is among the newest recruits and the only Tesla Destination Charging Station on Cape Cod. Tesla Motors provided the dual charging station equipment to Palmer House Inn and funded a local electrician to install the station to code. Now when Tesla drivers check in to the Palmer House Inn, they can be assured of charging their cars overnight while they enjoy a getaway in Falmouth Village, MA. Charging services are complimentary for Tesla owners staying at the Palmer House Inn.

“I guess you could say we’re charged up about being the first Tesla Destination Charging Location on Cape Cod,” said O’Connell. “We feel we’ve helped to solve the greatest challenge Tesla drivers face; finding a convenient, safe and comfortable place to energize their car for the next leg of their trip. While they sleep in style, they can rest assured they’ll drive away in style, charged for the next leg of the trip,” finished O’Connell.

To learn more about the Tesla Charging Station at Palmer House Inn, call Bill O’Connell at 508-548-1230. For a map of Tesla Charging Stations in the United States, visit www.teslamotors.com/findus.

About Palmer House Inn

The Palmer House Inn
The Palmer House Inn

Experience a relaxing stay at this 1901 Queen Anne style Cape Cod B&B. Stained glass windows, rich woodwork, gleaming hardwood floors and antique furnishings create an overall sense of warmth and harmony. This romantic Select Registry B&B is located in Falmouth’s Historic District, a quiet residential area of tree lined streets, picket fences, colorful gardens, fabulous museums and elegant homes. Beautiful beaches, quaint shops, ferry shuttles and excellent restaurants are a short stroll from the Inn. Palmer House Inn is open year-round, and with 17 individually decorated guest rooms, there’s almost always a room and always a charge for Tesla drivers at this inn. For more information, visit www.PalmerHouseInn.com.

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring the Cape in your eco-friendly Tesla, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

The 24th Annual Falmouth Walk

In the past I have written blog posts about Falmouth being a “Runner’s Town,” well it is also a walker’s town. On Saturday August 16th, the twenty-forth edition of the Falmouth walk will begin at ten am. The starting line is at Town Hall Square. The exact distance is 3.2 miles. This years walk will benefit a number of Falmouth charities. Last year they were able to raise $30,000. for: The Falmouth Military Support Group, Haven for Healing, the Ellen T. Mitchell Scholarship fund, The Falmouth Service Center, Around the Table Meals program, The Falmouth Senior Center, and The Gosnold Center.

Quarterdeck Restaurant
Quarterdeck Restaurant decorated for the Marine Corps Birthday.

The entry fee for the walk id $20. per person and registration will begin on Friday evening, August 15th. from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Quarterdeck Restaurant 164 Main Street in Falmouth. Registration will resume on Saturday morning from 9;00 – 9:45 am. The finish will be at Saint Barnabas Church by the Village Green, where there will be a family picnic, auction and raffle on the church grounds.

Cape Cod event: Lobster on the lawn
Lobster on the Lawn

For those who do not desire to walk the entire course, there is a “Short Cut” route which makes the walk closer to one mile in distance.

For additional information please call 508-548-2313 or www.falmouthwalk.org

Now for a bit of history about the Falmouth Walk’s beginnings. This information has been taken from the website.

“The history of the Falmouth Walk dates back to 1991, the year that the infamous “Hurricane Bob”plowed through Falmouth. Two old Friends, Tommy Leonard, a bartender at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Falmouth and Eddie Doyle, then the bartender at “Cheers” in Boston, came up with the idea for the Falmouth Walk to benefit the Babe Ruth World Series. It was being held at Guv Fuller Field.

The sign-u was held at Lawrence’s Restaurant and attracted about 50 people. The next day the first annual Falmouth Walk stepped off at the Heights by the Casino and followed the route of Falmouth Road Race.. in reverse. The group took the Bike Path at Surf Drive to avoid the roads and finished in Woods Hole at the Library. Tommy had arranged for a bus to take everyone back to Falmouth. Unfortunately the bus arrived almost two hours late but a good time was had by all. Forty-eight hours later “Bob” obliterated the Bike Path and Surf Drive, with widespread damage throughout the town.

TL & Eddie’s experience raising funds for charities goes back to their days working in Boston. One such event is called “the Bull to the Elliot.” Beneficiaries include the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and Halecyon Place, a home for families of loved ones being treated at Shriner’s Burn Center at MGH. It is a one mile bar to bar jaunt along the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue mall and featured about 150 runners and a celebrity guest of honor, riding in a limo, of course.

The last “Bull to the Elliot” was run to benefit a young man named “JP” who worked at the Bull & Finch Pub.