22 Brown Street

22 Brown Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

22 Brown Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Opposite the Winthrop Street Cemetery is a compound that’s been in one family’s hands since its days as the Simmons Farm, beginning in 1901. The property passed from Rosa and Manuel Simmons to their daughter, Minnie (Simmons) Silva; to her daughter, Ruth (Silva) Watson, who ran Shankpainter Village (pictured), a cottage colony on Winthrop; to her daughter, Ruth (Watson) Dutra, who lives on an abutting parcel at 52 Winthrop. Ms. Dutra’s daughter, RuthAnne (Dutra) Cowing, lives on an abutting parcel at 35 Shank Painter with her husband, Brian Cowing, whose ancestors are buried across the street. Ms. Cowing, the town’s animal control officer, boards her horse on the property. There are also ducks, geese, and chickens, so the traces of the farm aren’t too distant. Part of the property was briefly the Shankpainter Children’s Zoo.


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