Rebecca M. Bickers, a leader of the Order of the Eastern Star fraternal organization in Provincetown (and its chapter head, or Worthy Matron, from 1963 to 1964), bought this house in 1944. The original building had been constructed in the mid-19th century. She lived here with her husband, William Henry Bickers (±1891-1962), an engineer at the Cape Cod Cold Storage and a volunteer fireman who rose to the captaincy of Pumper Company No. 4. The co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running a Bed and Breakfast (Alpha, 2001), Park H. Davis, acquired this property in 1996.
That same year, he bought 6 Dyer Street, and ran them together as the Benchmark Inn (No. 6) and Benchmark Central (No. 8). In 2010, the Benchmark Central was acquired by an entity called Penzance Road Real Estate, while the operating license was transferred to Rockport Lodging. J. Francis Rioux seems to be a key figure in both corporations. He rebranded the place as the 8 Dyer Hotel, with an especially handsome graphic identity designed by Michael Kelly of Padraic. It appeared in late 2012 that the seven-room hotel was back on the market, through Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s, for $1.595 million.