"America the Beautiful" author was born in Falmouth, MA
This year we celebrate the 149th Birthday of Katharine Lee Bates, born in a house on the Town Green in Falmouth on August 12,1859. Her father was the pastor of the Congregational Church right around the corner. The house is maintained by the Falmouth Historical Society ( www.falmouthhistoricalsociety.org ), and may soon be on the market. Miss Bates moved to Wellesley and graduated from Wellesley College in 1880. She was a professor at the college until 1925.
Katharine wrote the poem "America the Beautiful" after a trip to Colorado Springs, CO in the summer of 1913. She is quoted about her inspiration years later stating....
"One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pike's Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse."
If you are looking for an antique home, a Bed & Breakfast, or maybe even a part of history, be sure to visit www.peterhawley.com . You just might find your new home in wonderful, Falmouth, MA.