11 Pleasant Street

11 Pleasant Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap. 
11 Pleasant Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap.Time was when each little neighborhood in Provincetown had its own distinctive market. (Actually, that’s still somewhat true today, though not in such abundance.) Among the best known was the Fishermen’s Market, 128 Bradford Street, run by Emma L. (Smith) Marshall (b ±1893) and Joseph A. Marshall (b ±1894). Young Emma lived here until she went to college. Her parents were Charles B. and Emma Augusta (Harris) Smith. Her sister was Harriet A. (Smith) Porter (±1889-1964), whose husband was Charles Henry Ellsworth Porter (d 1946). Harriet and Charles had a daughter, Ruth G. (Porter) Wilson, who lived in this house until her death in 1983.

Ruth’s daughter Deborah Ann (Wilson) Hagen and her husband, Roger F. Hagen, owned the house from 1978 to 1997. Ruth’s daughter Wendy Wilson Hankins offered an enlightening family history in a comment below.

The Hagens sold the house to George T. Dunlap Jr. (b 1947) and his partner, David M. Asher (1950-1999). Asher is commemorated in the David Asher Volunteer Award given annually at the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla fundraising event. He is remembered for “rounding up an assortment of folks, drag queens and friends to cheer on the swimmers, nonstop, until the last one arrived safely on shore.” Dunlap continues to own the house. Luckily for him, we’re not related.

The artist Polly A. Burnell (b 1956) lives here. (A profile appears on Ewa Nogiec’s Provincetown Artist Registry.) Burnell is a member of the town’s Historical Commission. Her artwork, a sample of which appears below, is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery. • MapHistoric District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, shed • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-07-04


"Untitled," by Polly Burnell (2007). Berta Walker Gallery.


4 thoughts on “11 Pleasant Street

  1. This brings back lots of memories. This is the home I grew up in. Debbie Hagen is my sister, who inherited the property from my mother, Ruth Wilson.

    However, a point of information is in order: Emma (Smith) Marshall only lived here when she was growing up and until she went to college in the early 1900s. Her father owned a grain and general store at the end of Pleasant Street, where Ernest Carreiro later opened his store after leaving the Tip for Tops’n restaurant business.

    Joseph Marshall, Emma’s husband, never lived here on Pleasant Street. They lived above the market on 128 Bradford Street until Joseph died in the 1960s. Then Emma Marshall, my great-aunt, moved to 153 Commercial Street and lived there until her death in the early 1980s.

    Ruth WIlson, my mother, lived here at 11 Pleasant Street until her death in 1983.

    • Thank you so much for this clarification, Ms. Hankins, which is now reflected in the narrative.

  2. Another point of information on this home: Until it was sold to Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Asher, this home had never been owned by anyone else than the Smith/Marshall/Wilson family.

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