508 Commercial Street

Old Homestead

The Old Homestead, originally constructed around 1850, once served as guest house, according to a description by its current owner, Paul van Apeldoorn, on the HomeAway site. He bought the property in 1993 from the Canavan family, which had owned it since the death in 1946 of Capt. Frank L. Rich, who had once been the sexton of St. Mary’s Church across the street.

3 thoughts on “508 Commercial Street

  1. Didn’t Gerrit Hondius and his wife live in this house? Not sure if they owned it or not, but I think they did. Timeframe would have been the 1950s on.

  2. This house might have been built in 1878. I read in the March 14, 1878, Advocate: “Mr. John Williams, mate of schr. Lottie E. Cook, is going to build a new dwelling house opposite Enoch Snow’s.”

    Enoch Snow lived where St. Mary of the Harbor is now. The 1880 atlas lists Williams where this house is and E. Snow across the street. The 1880 census puts these two as neighbors as well. John A. Williams was married to Enoch Snow’s daughter Laura. They died at sea, with their six-year-old daughter and their brother-in-law Daniel C. Cobb, aboard the schooner Westmoreland in November 1883.

    Daniel Lewis purchased this property from the Snow family in 1885 and then sold it to Sophronia B. Rich in 1887. If this was indeed the home of the Williams family — although brief — it is aptly named.

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