11 Off Conwell Street

11 Off Conwell Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
11 Off Conwell Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.Mary Helen (Silva) Ventura (±1907-1999), who lived here, was the daughter of Manuel “Colonel Corn” Silva (b 1880) and Louisa (Flores) Silva, both of whom had been born in Portugal. After her death, the property passed to Anthony F. Silva (b 1944), a maintenance worker, and his wife, Mary Louise Silva (b 1948). They lived here with their son [?], Apollo F. Silva (b 1986), who works at the Stop & Shop. The property was sold for $179,480 in April 2013 to an entity called the OSBR Holding Corporation of Southborough. More pictures and history»

† 19 Off Conwell Street

Advertisement in The Provincetown Advocate, 4 September 1947. From Provincetown Online: The Advocate Live!, by the Provincetown Public Library.One day, “Colonel Corn” set out from his little estate off the State Road to make a trip downtown. He must have dozed off, because the old nag was proceeding slowly but heedlessly down Arch Street — until Officer Veara shouted out to the Colonel that he was going the wrong way on a one-way street. “Tell it to the horse,” Colonel Corn said, by way of reply. “He can’t read.”

You can’t make this stuff up and, happily, because this is Provincetown, you don’t have to. More history»

19-19A Off Conwell Street

19 Off Conwell Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
Robert K. Russell, 19 Off Conwell Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.Loring Russell, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.When Police Officer Robert K. Russell (b 1946) built his new house roughly on the site of Colonel Corn’s barn, he could turn 360 degrees and see all of three buildings around him; one being the Hawthorne Class Studio up on Miller Hill, the other being the Ventura property down the road. “I haven’t dared count how many there are now,” he told me when we met in 2013. Understandably. They seem to be everywhere. More pictures and history»