This week, in the presence of family and friends, Frank J. Lord resigned as the longtime president and schoolmaster of the Mashpee One-Room Schoolhouse Preservation Council, Inc. Frank left an indelible mark on our community and has firmly cemented his legacy into Mashpee’s rich history.
Frank has served Mashpee for many years—and in countless ways—including spearheading the relocation of our beloved one-room schoolhouse (originally built in South Mashpee in 1830) from Meetinghouse Road to its current home in the area adjacent to the Mashpee Veterans Memorial Park, historically known as the “Colllins Lot.” Frank had it outfitted with 1850-era furniture, and thoughtfully researched and presented its history to countless visitors.
As Mashpee town historian Rosemary Burns Love often states: “Frank Lord has been a godsend to Mashpee.”
It is my hope that Frank’s quiet and humble departure after decades of steadfast public service has not gone unnoticed by the Mashpee community.
Brian A. Hyde