Enough happy talk from Troy Clarkson regarding the demolition of the Nimrod. This is a very sad time for the Town of Falmouth and reflects poorly on our stewardship.
The Nimrod Restaurant is long gone. All of the people with fond memories of eating and drinking there will also be gone in several decades.
I can still recall what the late George Hampson often said of his 1700s Old Main Road North Falmouth house: It wasn’t really his, he was only the current tenant and caretaker.
Likewise, the Nimrod Restaurant was only a passing tenant of the Nimrod building.
The building, however, has an enduring connection to our Falmouth history.
As part of England’s second bite at winning the American Revolution, the HMS Nimrod, in an attempt to take Falmouth, shelled the town in 1814 from off what is now Surf Drive. The attack was repelled by the Falmouth militia, but significant damage to the town was done.
One of the HMS Nimrod’s cannonballs penetrated the Issac Bourne house, which was located on Main Street at the corner of Gifford where Safelite Glass is surrounded by macadam and windshields get replaced.
That Issac Bourne house was moved to Dillingham Avenue and joined with a second house to make the left-hand wing of the Nimrod building.
The 1814 HMS Nimrod cannonball hole was preserved and is still visible from the inside today.
So, in the Nimrod, we have a direct link to our rich history, a history that Falmouth likes to teach.
Back in 2014 the Falmouth Historical Society made a big deal of that 1814 bicentennial attack. And yet, apparently, it’s not that big a deal to be tearing down a building that directly links Falmouth to that specific event.
Our group, SaveTheNimrod.org, made a valiant attempt and thought we had achieved a modicum of success with the late Warren Dalton’s development plan to incorporate the Nimrod. However, the sly and sinister demolition-by-neglect has reared its ugly head.
Pathetic. When a building of such historic value is gone, it’s gone.
May I suggest: figuratively put your hand in and feel the cannonball wound, connect to the Battle of Falmouth in the War of 1812, before the Nimrod is taken from us…forever.
J. Malcolm Donald