Historic Hatchville: Horse and Farm Country on Cape Cod

Historic Hatchville: Horse and Farm Country on Cape Cod


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The village of Hatchville on Cape Cod boasts a rich history that began in 1740 with the first Hatch settler. Join author Les Garrick on a journey from the founding of Hatchville to the rise of the cranberry, poultry and dairy industries. Against all odds, the village has preserved this heritage, and today Hatchville remains horse and farm country. In 1915, Charles R. Crane purchased fourteen thousand acres of land, which his family turned into the Coonamessett Ranch Company, a model farm for locals that later turned into a resort. In 1986, dedicated individuals formed a land trust to preserve the remaining wildness of historic Hatchville, while local neighbors held the line against development. Uncover the stories of the land and the local heroes of historic Hatchville.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626195110
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Brief History
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

From Woods Hole in Cape Cod, Les Garrick is a retired conservation biologist, university professor and research administrator. Garrick is a member of the Woods Hole Historical Collection and has also worked closely with the Falmouth History Society through the years providing research for their exhibits. Dale Hatch is on the board of directors for the Hatch Family Organization. Robert Alan Hatch is a retired professor of history from the University of Florida and is well known for his studies and interpretations of the history of science.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dale Hatch 7

Foreword Robert Alan Hatch 11

Preface 15

Acknowledgements 23

Part I Improbable Events and an Audacious Plan

1 Falmouth's East End 27

2 Crane Family Circle 47

3 Coonamessett Ranch Company 54

4 Wilfrid Wheeler: Model Farm and Ashumet Farm 64

5 Robert W. Leatherbee: Brae Burn Farms 77

Part II Agrarian Life Near a Resort on Coonamessett Pond

6 New Resort and Major Land Sale (1925-1938) 91

7 Coonamessett Resort (1939-1954) 99

8 Life in Rural Hatchville: 1940 and Beyond 114

Part III Challenges to the Character of Historic Hatchville

9 Sale of Coonamessett Ranch Company Assets 143

10 Hatchville Development Schemes 153

Coda: Future of Historic Hatchville 167

Appendix: Historic Hatchville Timeline 173

Notes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 193

About the Author 207

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and author!  To all, please discover the mentioned "The University Players theater Guild" (UPG) 1928 - 32, Old Silver Beach - Falmouth, Massachusetts, co-founded by Charles (Crane) Leatherbee (my uncle) and Bretaigne Windust. Majority of actors, directors, and related assistants were under-graduate and/or recent graduates of ivy league (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc.) and the seven sister (Radcliffe. Vassar, Barnard, etc.) schools. Notable members that were later successful in Broadway theater and Hollywood film, and alike: Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Joshua Logan, John Swope, Myron McCormick, Kent Smith, Barbara O’ Neil, Mildred Natick, etc. many hired famous agent and producer Leland Hayward to further their careers, and maintained a close relationship. Books related to the aforementioned and their remarkable life of success, tragedy, etc.: 1) But Not Forgotten, The Adventure of the University Players, by Norris Houghton (UPG member), 1951 hard cover with dust jacket; 2) 20th anniversary 1971 reprint of the above with no dust jacket; 3) The Fondas, by John Springer, 1970 hard cover with dust jacket; 4) *my personal favorite - Josh My Up and Down, In and Out Life, by Joshua Logan, 1976 hard cover with dust jacket; also available in smaller hard copy as a book club edition, and as a paper back; 5) Movie Stars, Real People, and Me, by Joshua Logan, 1978 hard back with dust jacket;  6) Haywire, by Brooke Hayward (daughter of Leland Hayward and Margaret Sullavan), 1977 hard copy. Also, a 1980 four-hour multi-part production of CBS-TV; and 7) Fonda My Life, as told by Howard Teichman, 1981 hard copy with dust jacket. In all, an important Cape Cod college theater venture and the remarkable people that should not be forgotten.