James Franklin Foss, owner of the Atwood Foss House across the street, purchased this large house in 1979. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Watership Inn, and was an early member of the Provincetown Business Guild. (The telephone number in the vintage ad is not a misprint; the Cape shared Boston’s 617 area code until 1988.) Unusually, the inn has remained in business under the same name and ownership for 35 years. Rick Conley is the longtime manager. The Provincetown Historic Survey dates this house to 1820. It was at one time owned by Benjamin Huldah Dyer, known principally for his hardware store, B. H. Dyer & Company, at 171-173 Commercial.
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