From the Dennis Historical Commission:
Dennis Historical Commission, annual Burton N. Derick Historic Preservation Award
Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 pm, Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, Dennis Town Hall, 685 Route 134, S. Dennis
Awarded this year to Kevin Mangan, owner of the Garden Condos, 275 Route 28 (Main St.), W. Dennis,
Awarded for preservation and restoration during May Preservation Month, State of Massachusetts
c1870 Queen Anne style of architecture, homestead of Captain Luther Burnell (1818-1896), a free-flowing style of architecture with a variety of windows, towers, gables, insets, projections, trims, random changes of patterns, siding textures and porches. It was built by John Freeman Crowell from architectural plans by Allen S. Crowell, Esq. The house was originally painted by Charles Baker.
Like many master mariners Luther adventured to sea by age 10 as a cook’s helper on coastal trading ships. In 4 years he captained coastal packets from Boston to Baltimore and by 1852 he was sailing to the West Indies. In between he married Rebecca Kelley after whom he named a 3-masted schooner, the Rebecca Crowell. He then became partial ship owner, extending his coastal trading voyages to South America. In 1866 he commanded a Winsor Line steamship between Boston and Philadelphia. After 62 years at sea Luther is said never to have lost a passenger or crew member. His son, Captain Luther Burnell Crowell (1842-1925) was also a master mariner of sail and steam. Luther B. joined the US Navy during the Civil War and was a transport captain of the schooner LaPlata in 1865.