† 48 Winslow Street

48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
Holmes family farmhouse

Entry to be written. But Patty Crave Floyd recounts the story of her family’s farm in a comment below. George Holmes, who lived in this house, is the namesake of nearby George’s Path.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2011)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2013)), by David W. Dunlap.


48 Winslow Street, Provincetown (2011)), by David W. Dunlap.


15 thoughts on “† 48 Winslow Street

  1. This was the family farm of Joseph and Josephine Holmes, who were my great-grandparents.

    Josephine was born in the Azores, a daughter of Frank and Maira Perry. She came to Provincetown at age 15. The boat ride was so horrible, we were always told, that she kissed the ground and never left Provincetown. She married Joseph the next year and they resided in this home the rest of their lives.

    He was a fisherman and a farmer. She was a seamstress.

    Their children were Frank, John, Gabriel, George, Philomenia, Emma (my grandmother) and Mary. At the time of her death, at age 94, she had 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

    After the death of her husband, Josephine lived in this home with her son George. He continued to live there after her death until his.

    As children, we would go visit and always sit and listen to our parents speak Portuguese with my great-grandmother. She never learned English.

    George maintained a farm with chickens, various exotic birds, geese, goats, bunnies and two of my cats I gave him once.

    They lived in the home with no running water and no electricity for many many years until a few of their grandchildren helped put in running water and electricity, although great-grandma still preferred her kerosene lamps, I think.

    Just before this was torn down, I met with my cousin whose parents owned this and was allowed to take a few personal memories, which I will always treasure.

    I cried at the thought I would no longer be able to see this magical place. I want to thank the person who took these pictures before it was torn down and before its roof had caved in. My pictures are not nearly as wonderful.

    Sorry this is a little disjointed. I’m struggling to get through. Between losing this and one of our own family properties, now up for sale, I am beside myself with grief.

    • Thank you so much for filling in this incredibly important history of your family, and of the town. It is a poignant reminder of how much heritage is embodied in the most modest of structures. In fact, there seems to be a direct correlation in Provincetown: the simpler the property, the richer its tale.

      • I think you are right with your quote, “The simpler the property, the richer its tale,” as this was a place steeped in old Provincetown history.

        From this simple farmhouse and these two hardworking Portuguese people came many Provincetown family names: Holmes, Adams, Crave, Romeo, Miguel and offshoots names of Matta and more.

        Frank Holmes’s name is on the veterans memorial plaque at the Town Hall. James Holmes died in World War II. One son died in a church fire.

        As your search for this family goes on, you will find rich, deep ties to Provincetown: fishermen, farmers, domestics, mechanics, bakers, nurses, electrical workers and many, many more; also Knights of Columbus, Masons, firefighters and a Rescue Squad founding member; deep, deep ties to the Catholic church and the Methodist. Even I was a member of the Provincetown Civil Defense in the ’60s.

        Though this family is scattered around, many of our family homes have already been on the Building Provincetown site: the “Holmes” next to the high school, 32 Pearl Street, my grandmother’s home, 509 Commercial Street, my dad’s frame shop and beach house — now for sale, the Adams place on Bradford Street. And I’m missing a lot, I know.

        Now this Windslow Street property which begat the families of all of these other places and more — all from two young people who came from the Azores to build a life in Provincetown.

    • My husband’s family name is Holmes. His great-great-grandparents came from the Azores. His great-great-grandfather’s name was Joseph. Grandfather’s name was Frank Holmes and came from Provincetown.

      All the males in the Holmes family, for several generations, carried the middle name of Roderick. My husband’s father’s name was Stanley Roderick Holmes; his father’s name was Frank Roderick. All their sons carry the middle name Roderick.

      The sons of Stan were David, Frank, Stan and Kerstan. Our son is Christopher Roderick.

      A few years back, my mother-in-law Cara Lee, wife of Stan, came into contact with family in Provincetown when Stan passed away. At that time, the story from the family in Provincetown said the property was being broken up and sold. I have no correspondence from Cara Lee that she had been engaging with the family in Provincetown, as I said she had contact with Holmes in Provincetown, it would have been somewhere in 1981 or so.

      If this is a link to my husband’s family history from Provincetown, I would be interested to hear from you.

      • If any reader can help Ms. Holmes with her question, please reply in the form of a comment, below. I’ll see to it that it gets sent to her personal e-mail address. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much for the write-up… I too am a relative… My name is Charles R Holmes Jr. Joseph and Josephine were my great-grandparents… and Frank, my grandfather. I stumbled into this post and would very much like to learn more of my ancestry.

      • still have had no contact from anyone in Provncetown who might know family history. My father in laws name was Stanley R Holmes, I believe his fathers name was Frank, he was married to Elizabeth Kimmel from San Antonio Texas. they had 3 boys. Stan, Frank and one they called Corkey. From research on gen web and Ancestry web site. I did find Joseph was 15 when he came here and found the name of the ship, the next yr Josephine came over and they were married. I have since gotten off ancestry and not gone any further. My concern over family history is related to mainly medical as is my sons, Christopher R Holmes, ( see post below) we know little about Holmes relatives in Provincetown, really dont care about property or anything else. My concern is related to my husband, he has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and we have no idea if anyone in the family had it also. we are pretty sure about the maternal side of the family. you can reach me a scarlettdog50@gmail.com.u Rest assured that we do not care one wit about land, money or anything of that ilk. My mother in law, Cara Lee delt with that yrs ago.

  2. I shall miss visiting this property with my dog. Rocksy and I would sneak into this lot to chase rabbits. She still leads me there even though it has been demolished. It’s sad that such an interesting place has to make way for a mediocre subdivision.

  3. “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer wrote and directed this ‘charmingly cracked nightmare comedy’ based on his best-selling 1984 novel. Set during the lonely emptiness of off-season Cape Cod, Tough Guys Don’t Dance features outstanding performances by Ryan O’Neal and Isabella Rossellini.”

    As one of the grandsons of the late Joseph and Josephine (Perry) Holmes, and the youngest son of the late Gabriel and Alice (Browne) Holmes, I would like to add a couple of my memories of 48 Winslow Street.

    Grandmother Josephine never permitted electricity in the house during her lifetime. She was a very “earthy and simple” woman who was afraid of electricity. But she was a very God-fearing lady of her time. Although none of her grandchildren spoke fluent Portuguese, we all could easily communicate with her on all the important topics of her life: familial love and attitude.

    The quotation at the beginning of my entry was taken from the jacket of the MGM DVD movie (copyright 1987) of Tough Guys Don’t Dance. Why is this appropriate to an entry about 48 Winslow Street? Two scenes of that screenplay were filmed on the property, employing the old barn sliding-door and the garage beam ridge “block-and-tackle” as background and props for Ryan O’Neal. Our Uncle, George Holmes, was always proud to remind visitors and friends alike, that the property was immortalized, to some extent, in American Theater.

    • The Tough Guys connection to 48 Winslow is a marvelous fact to know; great for a Provincetown trivia quiz.

      And I love the story of your Grandmother Josephine and electricity. We would probably all be better off if we’d followed her lead.

      Thank you.

  4. I am David Holmes’s son Christopher, I would like anyone with information about the HOLMES family to please contact me. Our history is more important to me than anything. Currently no one in Provincetown MA. will return emails or calls. I contacted Snow & Snow after finding information in my Grandmothers things and the people there will not speak to me about anything……whatever happened….I DON’T CARE, I would just like to know more about my fathers family….anything will help please.

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