For three decades, until 1980 [?], this was the White Dory inn, which was run for the last 10 years by William Ray “Bill” Ingraham (1927-2008), pictured at left, and his husband, Raymond Sparks. (They were together a half century before getting married in 2007.) A 1976 guide, written while they were the proprietors, said of the White Dory: “The comforts of a fine motel, and the warmth and friendliness of a Cape Cod guest house.” Ingraham was a carpenter and woodworker, an electrician, and a professional firefighter. He served as clerk of the works for a number of key municipal construction and renovation projects, and was the town electrical inspector from 1972 to 1996.
The previous proprietors were John Arthur Henry (±1916-2002) and William “Scottie” Scott (d 2001), who were also longtime partners. They succeeded Ahti A. Aho in 1967, who followed Everett Glasgow and his wife. The White Dory boasted of its private beach, which can still be seen across the street from the main building. As a single-family dwelling, the house had earlier belonged to Dr. Ewing Day and his wife, who opened up their “fine gardens” to the public during house tours in the mid-1930s.
As a condominium, the White Dory is composed of 16 units. To judge from ownership records, the plan was declared effective in 1983.