Falmouth is Proud to be the Only “Preserve America” Community on Cape Cod
In 2009 the Town of Falmouth was designated a “Preserve America Community” by the White House. This significant award, given in perpetuity, distinguishes Falmouth as the only Cape Cod town to be so honored. We joined nineteen other communities or neighborhoods in Massachusetts that are “Preserve America” communities or neighborhoods. This award is a tribute to the Town’s historical organizations and individuals who have helped to keep our town’s history preserved and relevant for us and for the future. Our town is alive with stories of heroes and common folk - whalers and fishermen and farmers - who built their own homes and made their living here in a variety of trades and professions, from salt-making and growing strawberries to processing guano for fertilizer, brick-making and cranberry-growing. This award is a tribute to those who lived here over the past 350 years, who have lent their time towards the preservation of our past, who have physically toiled on the upkeep and restoration of our historic buildings, who staff historical organizations and committees, who serve as docents and volunteer for special events, who donate to the preservation of our town too many to mention here by name, but who are thanked for their selfless efforts to remember Falmouth roots and Falmouth historical events.
The “Preserve America” program was started in 2003 as a federal effort to encourage and support community efforts for the preservation and enjoyment of America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. The program is administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in partnership with other federal agencies. To date a total of 751 cities, counties, tribes and neighborhoods in 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also received this award, 20 of them in Massachusetts.