She is going to sleep and in a couple of years this beautiful lady will be sturdy and sound once again. When you are over 100 your bones begin to need a bit of a lift!
We are proud to share the same land parcel donated by the Ryder family
where Gabriel's and Town Hall presently reside.
Godfrey Ryder ( 1797 - 1876)
In the main corridor hang two paintings by Charles Hawthorne. By establishing his Cape Cod School of Art in 1899 Hawthorne brought into being the Provincetown art colony. "The Crew of the Philomena Manta" was painted in his studio at Days Lumberyard where students, fellow artists and townspeople posed for him.
This painting and "Fish Cleaners" on the opposite wall reflect Hawthorne's abiding interest in the life of the local Portuguese fishermen.
More than thirty other paintings from the Provincetown art collection can be seen in Town Hall offices and hallways. Demonstrating a variety of styles, most of the work was produced in the first half of the 20th century and many of the pieces depict Provincetown scenes.
Joseph Prosper Johnson (1814 - 1891 )
The Hon. Joseph P. Johnson was an outstanding business and civic leader in Provincetown. Johnson was a director of Provincetown's first bank, Town Moderator for twenty years, Selectman for eight years, the House of Representatives for seven terms and a State Senator for two terms. He purchased the town's first fire engine in 1836 and donated the clock in the Town Hall tower in 1885
Old Town Clock
When the four faces of Provincetown’s Town Clock took to disagreeing with one another, they started one of the old town’s liveliest Town Hall debates in many a year.
They reminded one of the man who was asked why the town clock had four faces, anyway. He answered, “So that more than one person can look at it at the same time.” Another was reminded of the old conundrum, “If the town clock runs eight days without winding, how long would it run if it were wound?”
Provincetown’s town clock is an eight-day clock, and is wound by hand. At times the high winds have caught the hands and thrown the gears out of mesh. There is some danger incurred in winding the clock. Once one of the large and heavy weights came right through the side of the building!
Thank you to everyone that has for over 100 years put your energy into all the events that have passed through this truly magnificent piece of Proivncetown's history
Artemus Paine Hannum ( 1847 - 1921 )
Hannum was presented the trowel after the dedication of the Pilgrim Monument. During the dedication of the Monument in 1910, Hannum sat at the right side of President William H. Taft and acted as toastmaster at a banquet for six hundred people that followed at Provincetown Town Hall.
George Fillmore Miller ( 1861 - 1946 )
Town Moderator for 20 years
The Selectmen under the painting
“Study for Pilgrim Mural,” by artist Max Bohm
November 6th, 2008...
Below is a quote by Town Manager Sharon Lynn
to the Editor published in the Provincetown Banner on the need to relocate
For those of you who may remember an article printed in The Advocate newspaper from September 1987 entitled “Town Hall Bones are Creaking”, rest assured that although it may have taken some 21 years or even longer to finally address these problems, we are committed to saving our historic Town home which has been the central location of Provincetown’s government since 1886!
Sleep well, dear building
We have your back, literally!
would like to thank one of their own...
United States Air Force, Vietnam
"the killing fields of duvalle"
Thank you to our dearest friend,
United States Navy, Vietnam
And to Elizabeth G. Brooke's father
Norman Brooke Dix
United Stated Coast Guard
World War II
Thank you to all that have protected us and continue to do so