Nine members of AmeriCorps arrived at the site of the former Coonamessett Inn off Boxberry Hill Road in Hatchville at around noon last Friday, June 7. After a pizza lunch down by the beach on the pond, their work began.
The group cleaned the curved fence line by the entrance, removed a vigorous growth of invasive sumac, cleared the area under the trellis for the site of future educational/historical informational signs, cleared paths to the pond and beach, and removed litter.
Their work was accomplished through the partnership of AmeriCorps, the Coonamessett Pond Association, The 300 Committee, the Town of Falmouth, and the Cape Cod Country Club.
The effort maintains open space for the Town of Falmouth. It also maintains an important historical connection. From the 1920s through the 1970s the Coonamessett Inn stood atop the rise overlooking Coonamessett Pond. The white clapboard inn stood at the end of a horseshoe-shaped driveway. At its peak, the inn operated year-round, with a dining room, a bar, and 60 rooms for guests.
In 1986, this area was part of the initial purchase by the Town of Falmouth, in partnership with The 300 Committee, for a land acquisition program for the purposes of conservation and open-space preservation.
An open house and community day at the site is planned for this summer to introduce Falmouth residents to this parcel and a bit of town history.
AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a 24-member national service organization operating through Barnstable County. The program focuses on meeting Cape Cod’s critical and pressing environmental and disaster response needs through community service and local collaboration.