Heritage House is a four-bedroom bed-and-breakfast operated by Lynn Mogell, an artist and web designer, and Sarah Peake, the State Representative for Provincetown, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Truro, and Wellfleet. True to its name, the house claims a considerable heritage, having been constructed in 1856 for Timothy Prosperous Johnson. It was later the home of William Wilson Taylor, who had shipped on the whaler Rising Sun and later ran Taylor’s Restaurant at 309 Commercial. He also kept law and order on Town Wharf, when it was lacking both. By the late 1980s, the Heritage House had been established. Mogell and Peake purchased it in 1993. Peake was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2002. Two years later, she and Mogell were among the first same-sex couples to be issued marriage licenses by the town. She won her legislative seat in 2006.
Aaron Rosenberg wrote on 24 December 2016: I was a “houseboy” at the Heritage House for two months in the summer of 1987. At the time, the owner was a guy named Bob Kulesza. I didn’t see his name in the history of the house, so I thought I’d mention it. I was the second houseboy to be hired that summer, so I slept on a cot in the unfinished basement. Not very pleasant quarters, but a great two months just the same.
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