A one-per-decade series of glimpses 1860-1960
During much of the 1950s, '60s and '70s what is now Halibut Point State Park was owned by the Richard Webster family of Brookline, who vacationed in Lanesville and became enchanted with the former quarry property that had fallen into decrepitude. I reminisced with Mrs. Cleo Webster and her daughters Kate and Heather about their experiences. Heather, who was born after the days of Pitcairn, sorted through the family slide collection to provide these photographs.Part Three - an interview with Kate Webster, second segment
My father's curiosity was insatiable. He liked people who were real and earthy and had character.
"Pitcairn" had several meanings for him. Primarily, of course, "pit' was the quarry and "cairn" was the grout pile. But he was an adventurer at heart so the idea of Pitcairn Island was a play on the word, too.
In all his early work as a plastic surgeon he was very much a pioneer. I don't think he was ever much of a conformist. He was constantly developing new instruments and techniques which are still used today. Coming out here and being totally his own person was probably an escape from whatever conformity he did have to go along with in Boston.
My parents bought this house around 1955 when they realized they wanted to spend a lot more time here. [Interesting coincidence - this was the headquarters of the Rockport Granite Company, which operated the Halibut Point Quarry - two eye-catching structures.]
|A portion of the brochure|
|A rental party "Down Below"|
|Richard Webster hooking a trout|
It broke his heart, and his sense of the American Dream, that the State was able to take by eminent domain private property that he had worked hard for, and that the Town, which was a place that he really loved, was so willing to do that to a person.
|Granite Pier boat landing|
|Charlie Bianchini and crew placing stones at Granite Pier|
|My sister Martha with a blue shark|