Far Land Provisions opened in 2003, under a mashup of the last names of Jim Farley and Tom Boland, who was then chairman of the Historic District Commission. Its odd tables and big front porch beckon you to linger. It is cozy, aromatic and temptingly cluttered, and a beacon of life in dark winter months. The building (1952) has long played that role, as the L & A Supermarket — that would be Leo Morris and Arlene Morris — and as Nelson’s Market, originally founded in 1933 at 349 Commercial Street and run by Clarence M. Nelson and his wife, Mabel Nelson.
Its pre-direct-dial phone number, 45, is preserved in Far Land’s 487-0045.
In 1949, Clarence Nelson tore down the house that used to be here. The present building was completed and opened for business in April of 1950. (Advocate, 17 November 1949, 29 December 1949 and 20 April 1950)
The house that used to be here was the Delia Mills house, which was taken by the town in its building of the new Town Hall. That house was between the old Ryder homestead and the Congregational Church.
“The Delia Mill’s house has been moved to the vacant lot on Bradford, at the head of Johnson street.” (Barnstable Patriot, 1 and 8 June 1886)
Maybe there is a picture of it somewhere.
Denise, your exhaustive documentation is a historian’s dream. Thank you.