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