† 293 Commercial Street

S. Knowles Boarding and Livery Stable

Samuel Knowles ran the Orleans-Provincetown stage coach and this livery stable. The business passed to his grandson, Frank Knowles Atkins (±1877-1940), who moved it to a site on Bradford Street, opposite the Old Colony Rail Road depot. He then built the Pilgrim Theater in its place. (“Frank Atkins Dies After Busy Career, The Advocate, 2 May 1940.)

One thought on “† 293 Commercial Street

  1. The Pilgrim Theater burned some time in the 1930s. I have never found out what year. It was quite an imposing structure. The town finally made Mr. Lewis tear it down or repair it. At one time, it was rented to Gypsies who hung curtains to make individual rooms for fortune telling.

    The views from the water show the size much better. It is also visible in photos from the monument hill. Look for a small rooftop structure with windows. It is directly across the street.

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