Captain Penniman House
Provided financial support for painting and grounds improvements at the Captain Edward Penniman House in Eastham
The Penniman House, one of the national seashore's most significant structures, received a much-needed face lift through exterior painting and repairs. Federal funds were made available to parks with signature projects and a partner match for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.
Friends of the CCNS stepped in with a commitment of $100,000 towards the $200,000 project, joined by Eastern National the Seashore’s education partner for $15,000, along with $85,000 in federal funding. Restoration of small-scale cultural landscape features of the historic grounds surrounding the Captain Edward Penniman House was also funded by the Friends including a new gravel path and brick patio, a handrail by the granite steps, and a picket fence connecting the house and the building behind.
CCNS historian, Bill Burke, notes that the Penniman House is one of the few historic houses from the whaling era that is unaltered and one of the few captain's houses in the U.S. that is accessible to the public - "a time capsule from the late 1800s and turn of the century."