The Captain Farris House Cape Cod

308 Old Main Street Bass River Village, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664
Innkeeper(s): Michael & Nancy Lumia
  • The Captain Farris House

    The Captain Farris House

  • Enjoy Our Beautiful Gardens

    Enjoy Our Beautiful Gardens

  • Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each Morning!

    Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each Morning!

  • Phoebe White Suite Bedroom

    Phoebe White Suite Bedroom

  • Phoebe White Suite

    Phoebe White Suite

  • Russell's Hideaway

    Russell's Hideaway

  • Captain's Quarters

    Captain's Quarters

  • Aunt Liddy's Room

    Aunt Liddy's Room

  • The Irma Farris Suite

    The Irma Farris Suite

  • Irma Farris Suite Bedroom

    Irma Farris Suite Bedroom

  • Bray's Retreat

    Bray's Retreat

  • Beautiful Gardens

    Beautiful Gardens

  • Our Parlor

    Our Parlor

  • Enjoy a a sumptuous breakfast.

    Enjoy a a sumptuous breakfast.

  • Located in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth

    Located in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth

  • The Captain Farris Suite

    The Captain Farris Suite

  • Captain's Quarters

    Captain's Quarters

  • Davis Room

    Davis Room

  • Fine Herbal Teas

    Fine Herbal Teas

 

Last Minute Booking Availability 15 Aug 2012, 5:22 pm

Take advantage of this last minute cancellation that became available for the Labor Day weekend. The Rubens Room is open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun & Monday. Two night minimum required. give us a call or book online.

Gas prices got you down 11 Aug 2012, 3:52 pm

Gas prices got you down - STAY WITH US FOR 2 OR MORE NIGHTS DURING SEPTEMBER, AND WE WILL CREDIT YOU $50 TOWARD YOUR TANK OF GAS TO GET TO US!
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8th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival 2 Aug 2012, 7:11 pm

The 8th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival will be held on August 11 & 13, 2012 at

the Provincetown Town Hall and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod!

The following is the schedule for the festival:


Saturday, August 11, 8 pm, Provincetown Town Hall

  • ALEX BROWN will open the concert. He is a very talented young jazz musician and is the pianist for Paquito D'Rivera.
  • SHARÓN CLARK, PAUL CARR & CHRIS GRASSO will celebrate the Washington, D.C. jazz scene with Sharón Clark on vocals, Paul Carr on sax and Chris Grasso on piano.
  • JOE MCCARTHY is a Grammy award-winning drummer and chief in charge of The United States Naval Academy Jazz Ensemble. Joe will be performing the entire concert.
  • ZACH BROWN plays bass and is attending Berklee College of Music. For a number of years he has accompanied his brother Alex Brown. Zach will be performing the entire concert.

Note: All of the musicians above will be making their debut at the festival.

Monday, August 13, 8 pm, Cotuit Center for the
Arts


  • DEBRA MANN from Providence, RI on piano & vocals will open the concert and make her debut at the festival. She will be accompanied by Alan Clinger on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.
  • STEVE AHERN & BRUCE ABBOTT - Steve Ahern from Florida on trumpet & flute will be joined by Cape Cod's own Bruce Abbot on sax & flute. They will be accompanied by Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums. Making a special guest appearance will be vocalist Tedi Marsh.

Tickets are $25.00 per concert and can purchased without service fees. A portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated to worthy causes. More information can be found at ProvincetownJazzFestival.org,
or contact Bart Weisman, Executive Producer & Performer at 508-274-2513


The Provincetown Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Corporation

The Background of Allen Farris 2 Aug 2012, 7:06 pm


Captain Farris House The Background of Allen Farris  

Compiled by

Peter D. Howes

The Farris name was one of the many common names among the early residents of the Bass River section of Yarmouth. The earliest atlas of Cape Cod shows at least five Farris family dwellings clustered on Main Street near the intersection with Bridge Street. Families named Homer, Wood, Crowell and Baker, many of who were related somehow to the Farris family, were also nearby in the neighborhood. In the days when shanks mare was the preferred mode of transportation, and the horse and buggy were expensive items, courtship usually stayed local, unless the lad were a seafaring type.

There is a general caveat about the sources of the information used to prepare the following. Records from the 1700's and even the early 1800's are often incomplete, and names are spelled different ways (and some reproduced here as spelled) in subsequent entries. One of the saving graces is that the population in these early years was small, and the possibility of more than one individual having the same first name and identical, very similar or chronologically logical dates is quite unlikely. However, there are only five listings for an Allen Farris in the referenced Vital Records, and these were for two separate individuals, one of whom died at two months old.

The 1790 Census, the first in the United States, shows no Farris families in Yarmouth, which included what was to become Dennis. The 1820 Yarmouth Census contains five Farris families, Samuel, William, Amos and Reubin. As it appears that Samuel was Allen's grandfather and William was his father, we will start with Samuel.

This family has very interesting connections to our local history. While no birth dates are available, Samuel Farris and Elce (or Ellis) Burges, both of Yarmouth, announced their intentions to marry on July 25, 1761 and were married on December 10, 1761 by the Reverend Josiah Dennis, for whom the town of Dennis is named and which was incorporated from Yarmouth in 1793. The Reverend Josiah Dennis agreed to settle in Yarmouth (in a section that later became Dennis) as the pastor in 1725, following a lengthy search by the town officials and many denials. He held forth in the pulpit for thirty-eight years, rotating his time between Dennis, South Dennis, East Dennis, West Dennis and Dennisport.

The home of Reverend Dennis, built in 1736, is today the Josiah Dennis Manse Museum, located at 77 Nobscusset Road, Dennis, and open Tuesdays 10-noon and Thursdays 2-4 PM throughout the SUlnmer.

William Farris was born June 14, 1783, and was the fourth of Samuel Farris' eleven children that he had from his marriages with two wives. His first wife, Ellis, bore him five children. William was one of the six children of his second wife, whose name is not preserved in the records. Samuel Farris his second wife, still nameless in the records, passed away on February 3, 1824. Samuel Farris died about a year later on March 14, 1825.

William, at age 23, married Lydia Crowell in a ceremony officiated by Elisha Doane, Esq. The marriage took place in either 1806, 1807, 1808 or 1809, as these are all lumped together in the records. I suspect that the marriage took place in the latter of these years, for Lydia was born in 1791 and in 1806 would have only been 14years old! She probably hailed from one of the local Crowell families. In any event, Allen Farris was born on May 9, 1814, the fourth of an eventual nine children born to the couple in the way of these times.

On November 4, 1836, Mr. Allen Farris and Miss Mercy Homer, both of Yarmouth, posted their intentions to marry, and were joined in matrimony by Mr. Nathaniel Cogswell about three weeks later, on December first of that year. The Homer family name will come up again a bit later. Mercy Homer was the daughter of Benjamin Homer of Yarmouth and Susan (?) of Dennis. The 1820 Census shows Benjamin Homer having ten children, with two members of the family engaged in commerce

Allen and Mercy Farris tragically only had four children, and childhood illnesses led to the early demise of three of them. While the causes of death are not recorded in the early records as is common in later ones, there were many diseases of the time -consumption (tuberculosis), typhus, diphtheria, influenza etc. -that could have been the cause. Consumption and influenza were at epidemic levels during certain years. Their children were:

Isiah Homer b.2/20/1838 d.9/3/1842 Age ~ 4y 7m Jeremiah b. 10/8/1840 d.9/01/1842 Age ~2y Sophia Allen b. 5/1/1857 d. 8/10/1859 Age ~2y 3m Myra Allen b. 12/12/1860 d. ????

The final resting place for this Farris family is in the Yarmouth Pine Grove cemetery, not far from the Captain Farris House, just off of Station Avenue (then Yarmouth St.). The family plot contains a large monument with Allen and Mercy's dates. There is also one gravestone in the family plot with three sets of initials for the two sons and daughter listed above, J.A.F., l.H.F., S.A.F. and a separate stone with the initials L. F. for his mother, Lydia, as well as the notation on the monument, "Lydia, wife of William Farris 1791-1824". There is no marker there for his father.

Mercy Ferris passed away on December 31, 1890 at the age of 73 years, 5 months and 28 days. She died at home in South Yarmouth from influenza. Allen Farris survived his wife, and passed away in Yarmouth on February 8, 1902 at 89 years 9 months from bronchial pneumonia.

Myra Allen, the last of the four children, went on to marry an Isaac Farris. There is a small gravestone with the poignant carving "Our Baby" on one side, and the simple inscription "Infant of Isaac and Myra Farris" on the other.

Now let's jump briefly to Captain Edmund Bray. His gravesite and monument in the Pine Grove Cemetery are close to the Farris plot, and provide us with the fact that Capt. Edmund Bray Died in Monrovia, Africa Nov. 9, 1859 at the age of 36 years and five months. His wife Lucy is also interred there, having passed away on November 11, 1881 at the age of 60 years.

On February 7, 1846, Mr. Edmund Bray and Miss Lucy Homer of Yarmouth announced their intentions to marry, and were wed on February 26, 1846. They were both single, and she, born July 3 1817, was 21 and her betrothed was 23. When married, his occupation is listed as a mariner. Their daughter, born September 6, 1848, was names Mercy Homer Bray -note the first name.

You may have also noticed the last name of his bride -Homer -and remember that Allen Farris marries Mercy Homer. Could the two have been brothers in law?? That would explain the partnership between the two in building the house in 1845, and strongly reinforces the idea that they shared the house. After all, what would be more fitting than having the two sisters together in that large house when the husband of one (or both) was off on the high seas for lengthy periods?

Captain Allen Farris Occupation

This section is a work in progress, and will be updated. There is information that indicated he was or was not a Captain! Here is some information that may be of interest -and mayor may not bear up under further research.

In the early and mid 1800's, being a mariner was the most common occupation, followed closely by farming. Employment as a mariner was noted in the decadal census records, although in 1830 the only categories used were "In Agri.", "In Comm.'" and "In Mfg.". Greater use of employment categories exists in the 1860 Census, and perhaps existed earlier.

Evidence of a particular employment is best traced through the census records, and often is seen to change over time. Unless an individual was a Captain of a vessel, and unless that vessel is listed in one of the available sources, the only record of a man being a mariner is in these census records. I have only three years of census records for Yarmouth, but will be accessing others in the future in connection with other research I am doing. In 1790 there were no families named Farris. In 1820, as noted above, Allen Farris is not named, but family members were not names, just numbered. In the 1860 census, Allen Farris is listed as a carpenter, and he would have been 48 years old. The other census records may resolve this difference and provide the final answer.

On the other hand, the American Lloyds's register of American and Foreign Shipping lists an A. Farris as the Master of the schooner Charles Henry from 1864 to (at least) 1881. Why could this be the Allen Farris of interest here? Let's look at the evidence.

The record for 1864, entry #859, lists the schooner Charles Henry as belonging to the Port of Yarmouth Cape Cod, with the Master A. Farris (first names were never spelled out) and the Owner or Consignee listed as a Mr. Baker, another very well-known Yarmouth name.

The Charles Henry was built of white oak, fastened with copper and iron and was of 118 tons burthen, had one deck, an eight ft. draft and was built in 1848 in Greenport Long Island. She was a "centerboarder" or had a centerboard rather than large keel for stability, was either a single or two­masted schooner and was a 'coaster' or involved in the burgeoning coastal trade. Three-masted schooners were listed with the entry "tm" for Tern Schooner.

In 1864 Allen Farris would have been fifty years old, and aged 67 in 1881. In 1866, ownership had shifted to "Crowley & Law" and her port of registration was New York, and remained so for the rest of the records. Again, the census records may clarify his occupation.

His possible connection with the slave trade is also being investigated

Peter D. Howes

Dennis, MA

June 2005

8th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival 2 Aug 2012, 7:03 pm

The following is the schedule for the festival:


Saturday, August 11, 8 pm, Provincetown Town Hall
  • ALEX BROWN will open the concert. He is a very talented young jazz musician and is the pianist for Paquito D'Rivera.
  • SHARÓN CLARK, PAUL CARR & CHRIS GRASSO will celebrate the Washington, D.C. jazz scene with Sharón Clark on vocals, Paul Carr on sax and Chris Grasso on piano.
  • JOE MCCARTHY is a Grammy award-winning drummer and chief in charge of The United States Naval Academy Jazz Ensemble. Joe will be performing the entire concert.
  • ZACH BROWN plays bass and is attending Berklee College of Music. For a number of years he has accompanied his brother Alex Brown. Zach will be performing the entire concert.
Monday, August 13, 8 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts


  • DEBRA MANN from Providence, RI on piano & vocals will open the concert and make her debut at the festival. She will be accompanied by Alan Clinger on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums.
  • STEVE AHERN & BRUCE ABBOTT - Steve Ahern from Florida on trumpet & flute will be joined by Cape Cod's own Bruce Abbot on sax & flute. They will be accompanied by Fred Boyle on piano, Ron Ormsby on bass and Bart Weisman on drums. Making a special guest appearance will be vocalist Tedi Marsh.

Tickets are $25.00 per concert and can purchased without service fees. A portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated to worthy causes. More information can be found at ProvincetownJazzFestival.org, or contact Bart Weisman, Executive Producer & Performer at 508-274-2513 or bartweisman@bartweisman.com.

Annual Provincetown Carnival 30 Jul 2012, 5:45 pm

Provincetown,from 08/12/12 to 08/18/12 

Week-long celebration with a parade (Thursday, August 16th), dance parties, casino nights, headline concerts and more! More information: (508) 487-2313 or www.ptown.org/Carnival.asp

3rd Annual Art & Wine Affair: Palette to Palate 30 Jul 2012, 3:19 am


3rd Annual Art & Wine Affair: Palette to Palate

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth,from 08/07/12
The lively arts community in and around the Mid-Cape provides a venue for a wide range of cultural experiences, art exhibitions, paintings, pottery, textiles, jewelry and more to local residents and visitors. Enjoy wine tasting and cuisine from local restaurants, while relaxing music flowing through the Center. 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25. Hosted by the Dennis Chamber of Commerce. Tickets: www.dennischamber.com

Last Minute July Special 2012 26 Jul 2012, 10:12 am

Book your stay during July29th-August 2nd
for just $189 per night (plus tax) any available room/suite
includes full breakfast, afternoon teas and cookies
and evening cordials
**New reservations only, no exceptions

Houses of Worship Near the Captain Farris House 26 Jul 2012, 9:38 am


HOUSES OF WORSHIP



Bass River Community Baptist
84 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth
508-394-4904

Evangelical Baptist
1240 Route 28, South Yarmouth
508) 760-3997
322 Old Main St, South Yarmouth
(508) 398-7439

58 N Main St, South Yarmouth
(508) 398-3773
First Congregational Church of Yarmouth
329 Main Street, Yarmouthport
508-362-6977

145 Winter St, Hyannis
(508) 775-2988
205 Old Main St, South Yarmouth
(508) 394-4222

Common Sense Christian Ministry
72 Pond St, South Yarmouth
(508) 394-2777
Faith Assembly of God
154 Bearses Way, Hyannis
508-775-3742

Mid Cape Assembly of God
140 Depot Street, Dennisport
508-394-2345
347 South St, Hyannis
508-775-5361

246 Main St, West Harwich
(508) 432-0650
5 Barbara St, South Yarmouth
(508) 398-2248
Church Of Nazarene
209 Upper County Rd, South Dennis
 
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