This dreary day seems to reflect the situation with this historic home. No activity and no hope.
Speaking of a sad situation, Newbury is in a bad situation – just assuming that things will just stay the same as they have for the last three hundred fifty years. All that year-long anniversary celebration will be recorded in the history books.
Some future historian will note with bemusement – “Look how rural Newbury was in those pictures. It sure doesn’t look that way today!
In fact, if it wasn’t for the valiant efforts of land conservationists and historic preservationists, the entire town would be smothered
by McMansions and housing developments.”
But it doesn’t have to be that all that celebration was a requiem of doom. If efforts are made now by concerned citizens to push for demolish delays and protections for the historic homes; there is still time.
It will take all of us in Newbury & Newburyport to make a difference. I agree with Tom Salemi’s post today. We can do these pitched fights house by house, tract by tract but it would be much preferable to stop the battles completely by establishing protections for historic houses & districts.
And while efforts proceed in Newburyport to institute those protections and the shame of a possible historic demolition settles on Newbury,
The Tappan House waits in the rain:
January 27, 2012
PS. I’m risking my safety to get these pictures – and I’m doing it so you don’t have to – if you stop to see the house, you will be accosted even on the street!