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Summer Guide Cape Cod 2018

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Page 58 of 147 57 who was known for playing the role of Rip Van Winkle. Jefferson enjoyed painting and collecting art so he transformed the wind- mill into his art studio. Today, it remains an art gallery for the Bourne Historical Society. Another historic landmark in Bourne was relocated to the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum in 1977 – the Gray Gables Railroad Station. This station was originally built for the personal use of President Grover Cleveland, who spent time at his 110-acre summer estate in Bourne during his first term as president (1893-1896). Presi- dent Cleveland purchased this property in 1890 for $20,000 and renamed it Gray Gables, later becom- ing the name of of the village and his station as well. During President Cleveland's second term as pres- ident, a direct electric telegraph line back to Wash- ington, D.C. was installed on the property, which became known as Cape Cod's first summer White House. In 1904, the Cleveland family discontinued their residency and the station was then used as a flag stop for students traveling to school. Old Bourne Village, the Historic Heart of Bourne From the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum, venture over to Old Bourne Village which features more than 20 historic landmarks and structures. One of the village's top visited structures is the Briggs-McDermott House, which is listed on the Na- tional Register of Historic Places. The house origi- nally belonged to George I. Briggs, one of Bourne's first selectman, the first school committee chair- man, a library trustee and former chairman of the Barnstable County Commission. Briggs was a driv- ing force after Bourne separated from Sandwich in 1884. Then in 1979, the house was scheduled for demolition; but to honor Briggs' work and dedica- tion to Bourne, local citizens fought for the Briggs- McDermott House and it was eventually restored by The Bourne Society for Historic Preservation. Today, the Briggs-McDermott House serves as a historical exhibition of Bourne's critical late-1800's period. Another landmark in Old Bourne Village is the Alonzo Booth Blacksmith Shop, which was restored 20 years ago as a working forge, one of few on the Cape representing commercial and industrial his- tory. While there, visitors can see a working forge, artifacts, tools and a wagon. President Cleveland also used the space to shoe his horses. In addition, the Jonathan Bourne Historical Cen- ter, which is home to the Bourne Historical Society, the Bourne Historical Commission and the Bourne Archives, can also be found in the village. Built in 1897, the center was created by Emily Howland Bourne as a library and as a tribute to her father, Jonathan Bourne, for whom the town was named. Jonathan Bourne was a state legislator, the owner of whaling ships and a key player when the town of Bourne separated from the western half of Sandwich. Located within the Jonathan Bourne Historical Center is one of Cape Cod's greatest mysteries – the Bourne Stone, a 300 lb. piece of granite with two rows of carvings on it. Experts suggest the stone was once a doorstep of a Native American meet- inghouse in the late 1600's, and was then passed along to various owners. Today, the origin of the inscriptions and its author remains unknown, with the most recent investigation taking place in 2003. "Some people think it's the Vikings or the Native Americans, but the mystery remains unsolved," ex- plained Robinson. Experience the mystery, historical landmarks and old world charm that Bourne has to offer by visiting the Bourne Historical Society, located on 30 Keene Street, today.• One of Bourne's historic wind- mills, the Joseph Jefferson Windmill, can be found on the grounds of the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum. President Grover Cleveland purchased a 110-acre summer estate in Bourne, and renamed it "Gray Gables." Today the original house no longer stands but the neighborhood surrounding it continues to be known as Gray Gables. The mysterious Bourne Stone

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