Each Spring for 42 years, the Pembroke Historical Society (PHS) has hosted the Colonial Days Children's program for Pembroke's 3rd grade students. They visit the PHS Museum Building, the Adah Hall house, The Friends Quaker Meeting House and take a bus tour of the Pembroke to view the older homes. Here is ADAH HALL trustee, Shannon Wilson, leading a discussion of the herb garden.
walk in the steps of luther briggs: Free, guided walking tour of Port Norfolk saturday, june 23, 2018 10 am
The rich estuarial environment, history and development of the Port Norfolk section of Dorchester will be highlighted in a free public tour along the Boston HarborWalk on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The two-hour, 1.75-mile walking tour along the mouth of the Neponset River begins at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by Friends of the Boston Harborwalk (FBHW). Participants should meet by the Venezia Restaurant, 20 Ericsson St. in Dorchester. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:
What is the connection between a walking tour of Port Norfolk section of Dorchester, MA and Pembroke, MA?
The architectural planner of the Pine Neck-Port Norfolk community was none other than Pembroke's own, Luther Briggs (1822-1905), son of the prolific North River Brick-Kilns shipbuilder, Luther Briggs (1783-1864). Luther Briggs the younger did not take up the family shipbuilding business and went on to earn acclaim in his own right as a Boston architect.
"Luther Briggs, Jr., was born in Pembroke, MA in 1822, son of a ship builder and descendant of generations of shipwrights. He was educated at a private school in Pembroke and later attended Hanover Academy. In 1839 he went to work as a draftsman for his uncle, Alexander Parris, Boston's leading architect and engineer at that time."
After laying out the Pine Neck community (later known as Port Norfolk) in the 1840s, Mr. Briggs took up residence at 119 Walnut Street in the Port Norfolk Section of Dorchester until his final days.
"Briggs went on to extend new streets on the neck including Fulton (Lawley St.), High (Port Norfolk St.) and Taylor St. Walnut Street was also extended and for a time was called Union Street. The present street system at Port Norfolk was more or less in place by 1859. Briggs is credited with the construction of several houses at Port Norfolk including his own Greek Revival house at # 20 Water Street (behind 118 Walnut St)."
For more on the history of Port Norfolk and Luther Briggs' contribution visit the Dorchester Antheneum.
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Sources, Bibliography and/or References:
Dorchester Antheneum, Boston and Dorchester Maps/ Atlases, 1794-1933, Boston Directories: 1870-1945, Old Time New England, S.P.N.E A. Vol. LXVII. Nos. 3-4. Winter Spring 1977, Ed Zimmer article on Luther Briggs, Boston University Study on Port Norfolk-1977, BLC files, W.D. Orcutt, Good Old Dorchester, 1893, Downing, A.J., The Architecture of Country Houses
PACTV Community News- January 25th 2018 Pembroke MA- The life cycle of the Turner House in Pembroke has been a tumultuous one. Drivers by may know it as that large two story home that sits on an otherwise vacant lot on the corner of routes 14 and 53. After being left for abandoned, the Pembroke historic district commission was given a grant to do an emergency stabilization of the property. We spoke with the chair of the Pembroke Historical Commission as well as the owner of the restoration company in charge of returning this once proud property to some of its former glory.
After a very long and patient wait, The Bryantville Fountain/Horse Trough is back in place in front of the Pembroke Historical Society. The Society has been undertaking a landscape project out front over the last year. The fountain was in desperate need of restoration. The Society, under the leadership of Vice President Stacey DiGiovanni and member, Karen Ames arranged for South Shore Ironworks to do the necessary work. The fountain and landscape project has been funded by donations in Memory of PHS founder Burt Sherman.
The Bryantville Fountain is made of bronze and was given to the town by The South Hanson Women's Temperance Union in 1907. After being moved a few times over the years, the fountain was no where to be found. In The early 1970's PHS member Karen Ames dedicate herself to locating the fountain: miraculously they found it though missing the tall shaft and white globe. The remaining portion was placed in front of the Pembroke Historical Society where it has remained until it's restoration this year. It now graces the proud spot at our front entrance. We are thrilled to welcome it home.
Come away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and follow the intriguing path of early New England settlers along the South Shore of Massachusetts. Back Roads of the South Shore offers historic, hidden treasures in a relaxed and scenic atmosphere.
Route 3A traces the old "Mattachusetts Payth" between Boston and Plymouth, possibly the oldest public highway in the state. Meandering along the trail of Native American feet, Pilgrim carts, and the stagecoaches of the early Republic, this "Old Coast Road" gives you a chance to touch the homes of history. -- Backroads of the South Shore
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There is a spirit of sadness here at Adah Hall today as we recently learned that Mr. Richard Kidd (USN), My predecessor as the caretaker of this fine old house passed away on Saturday. I only met him one time but we were constantly in contact through my neighbor, Susan. He was a fine man who left big shoes to fill. I expect that I will feel him walking these floors now as he spent such a long time calling this house home. I send prayers and best wishes to his family and friends, especially to Susan next door. Mr. Kidd was a great man and I will do what I can to continue his legacy in service to the Adah Hall House and the trustees. RIP Mr. Kidd.
-- Kyle Harney, Adah Hall House Caretaker
Richard E. Kidd, 94, passed away on November 5, 2017 in South Carolina. He is survived by his companion of fifty years, Susan Ludlow of Pembroke, three sons and three grandchildren and predeceased former wife, Charlotte Kidd. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1941 and joined the Navy September 1941. He served on the destroyer USS Emmons DD-457 in World War IIwhich participated in the Battle of Normandy. He never forgot his shipmates and enjoyed many ship's reunions where memories of their experiences in Russian, Africa, France and South America were shared.
He mustered out of the Navy in November 1946 and started his career with Aetna Engineering in Pembroke, He traveled all over New England installing and service water pumps for towns, municipalities and manufacturing plants. After forty years he retired to enjoy his many interests. He was also a dedicated caretaker and tenant of the historic Adah Hall House in Pembroke for over forty years where he enjoyed mowing the large lawn, tending his wonderful vegetable garden and a small flock of chickens. Burial was private at the Center Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the USS Emmons Association Scholarship Fund c/o Thomas Hoffman, Treasurer 3136 Northampton Street Bethlehem, PA 18020.
Published in Pembroke Mariner & Reporter from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2017
PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY EMBARKS ON KAYAK TOUR OF HISTORIC NORTH RIVER SHIPYARDS GUIDED BY CAPT'N DAVID DECASTRO JUNE 2017
Photos Courtesy Sharon DeCastro
The Pembroke Historical Society is very grateful for the donations made in the memory of Burt Sherman, Founding Member of The Pembroke Historical Society. He was a dedicated volunteer and friend. We miss you Burt !
Click here to learn more about the legacy of Burton L. Sherman as Published in Pembroke Mariner & Reporter from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2012