The plaque designating a Bourne site as a historic place is ready to hang

BOURNE – The City Historic Commission has obtained the plaque recently issued by the United States Register of Historic Places for the Jonathan Bourne Historic Center beside the Keene Street Canal in the Village of Bourne.

The distinctive yellow-brick structure was funded by the daughter of New Bedford whaling merchant Jonathan Bourne and opened as the city’s central library in 1897.

Library operations were moved to the former Bourne Grammar/Frances Stowell Primary School and opened in Sandwich Road in 1988.

The original function of the current archives building is named on the American plaque, Historic Commission acting chairwoman Deborah Burgess said June 14. Thus, the historic center is designated by the federal government as the municipal library in memory of Jonathan Bourne.

Burgess said the commission was coordinating with the Bourne facilities department to secure the plaque to the structure, which when opened directly overlooked the River Scusset.

The Cape Cod Military Museum is located at the Jonathan Bourne Historic Center, 30 Keene St., in Bourne Village.

The building has architectural flourishes of yesteryear; including a distinctive cupola of form and function; think of a functional weather vane at the top.

There are two other US Register sites in the village; the restored yellow clapboard Briggs-McDermott House in Sandwich Road and the Aptucxet Trading Post off Shore Road.

The Briggs campus includes the horseshoe/blacksmith shop that served President Grover Cleveland, who vacationed at what is now Gray Gables.

Briggs House and Historic Center dates back to when the village of Bourne was the civic and commercial center of Bourne before the canal was dug.

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