Simes House - Manomet's past reawakens Our mission is to restore and maintain the 150-year-old Simes House, St. Catherine's Chapel Park and Manomet Commons as self-sustaining historical landmarks in the Village of Manomet within the Town of Plymouth. For the public benefit, we hope to enhance cultural focus and identity, provide education and encourage community service. SHFI’s goal is to create a mixed-use structure that will accommodate a self-sustaining historical community center, affordable housing and offices for local businesses, as well as becoming the cultural center of the Village of Manomet with an open space common.
Members vote to gift Simes House to town
The Simes House Foundation (SHFI) held a General Membership meeting March 19, 2015 at the John Alden Sportsman Club in Manomet. There were approximately 42 members and guests in attendance.
As a result of a vote taken at this meeting, the Board of Directors has been authorized to gift the Simes House property at 29 Manomet Point Road to the Town of Plymouth. The Plymouth Board of Selectmen will be notified of this intention. This action was predicated by the Plymouth Community Preservation Committee’s request that the SHFI voluntarily return the property to the Town of Plymouth.
SHFI would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and members, including the volunteer Board members past and present, for their many hours of service and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Simes House and St. Catherine’s Chapel Park for nearly 5 years. SHFI looks forward to continuing our efforts to assist, in any way possible, in the timely completion of the restoration of the Simes House so it can be utilized for the benefit of Plymouthas has been planned.
Selectmen accept gift of Simes House
Selectmen for the Town of Plymouth have accepted the gift of the Simes House property. The vote Tuesday evening was 3-1. Selectmen Ken Tavares, John Mahoney Jr. and David Malaguti were in favor; Selectman Tony Provenzano Jr. was opposed. Selectman Sean Page was absent.
The selectmen's action follows two votes by the Simes House Board of Directors. The first, at a board meeting June 4, would request Red Hawk Studio, architect, to make plans for the restoration available to the Town of Plymouth and the town's Building Committee for the procurement process. This vote was unanimous. The second vote by the board, via email poll on Monday, was to authorize the town to access the balance of the CPC funds remaining in the grant, effectively releasing the funds back to the town. The vote was 9-2.
In other actions related to the Simes House conveyance to the town, selectmen voted: -- To accept the architectural and engineering plans, 4-0. -- To use the remaining funds in the CPC grant, 3-1, Provenzano opposed. -- To turn the project over to the town's Building Committee including the appointment of a project manager, 4-0. -- To direct the Town Manager to accept the future event dates and permitting as requested by Simes House Foundation, 4-0.
Plymouth Antiquarian Society and its director, Dr. Donna Curtin, will act in an advisory capacity to the town to ensure historical features of the house are preserved.
Simes House exterior restoration complete
Simes House, "circa" May 2013, has completed Phase 1 exterior restoration. The color scheme is exactly as the house would have appeared when it was completed in 1863, according to paint analysis conducted as part of the Historic Structure Report completed in 2012. For those interested, you can view the online version of our completed Historic Structures Report.
St. Catherine's Park becomes SHFI community project
The Simes House Foundation owns St. Catherine’s Chapel Park, located at 95 White Horse Road in Manomet. The site, formerly home to St. Catherine’s Chapel, was sold by the church to Good Properties Realty Trust, which built a beautiful, pastoral two-acre park. The park has been given as a gift to the Foundation, along with a $90,000 maintenance endowment. Historical village signage has been installed. The public is welcome to enjoy facility. You can view a slideshow of the signage that recounts historical highlights of Manomet.
All proceeds from this book are donated with love and affection for the Simes House project, to the Foundation by the author and president’s sister.
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Nominations open for annual meeting
Nominations to elect five directors to the Simes House Foundation, Inc. (SHFI) board of directors are open, according to a recent vote by the board of directors. Candidates must be members in good standing as of Oct. 23. The annual meeting will be held Oct. 29.
Four of the directorships are for three-year terms. One position is to fill an unexpired term.
Those seeking a seat have until Oct. 5 to notify the SHFI secretary in writing of their interest in a board position along with their qualifications. Nominations will not be accepted after this date. Candidates may email to email@example.com or send via postal service to PO Box 557, Manomet, MA 02345. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor.
To assure that all members have the opportunity to vote, which is the reason for extending the annual meeting to Oct. 29, the board of directors voted to accept absentee ballots for the Oct. 29 annual meeting. Absentee ballots will be sent out shortly after nominations close. All absentee ballots must be received by Oct. 23.
The Foundation will accept new members after Oct. 23, but they will not be entitled to vote at the Oct. 29 general meeting. Anyone joining as a member after Oct. 23 will be entitled to vote, while a member, at meetings following the scheduled Oct. 29 meeting. This is to allow sufficient time to process new memberships prior to the meeting and to permit a fair voting process for the meeting.
To conform to the SHFI bylaws, formal notification of the annual meeting will be made at a later date.
Simes House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, needs your financial support to continue the restoration and to stage community events. Please make a donation and/or join the Foundation as a member today. We would also be interested in any special abilities you could bring to our efforts.
Stay up to date
Stay up to date with Simes House activities by reading the foundation's bulletin, which is emailed to members. You can download the latest one below.