Barrington Preservation Society’s “Destination Drownville” draws a crowd

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A gray morning gave way to afternoon sunshine last Saturday as the Barrington Preservation Society led dozens of local residents on a tour of the historic Alfred Drown neighborhood.

The “Destination Drownville” tour included stops at numerous private homes and two churches in the area, which received a National Register of Historic Places listing in 2005.

Participants were able to tour the exterior and interior of each site on the tour, almost all of which featured guides to provide interesting facts, historical relevancy and architecture among other information.

Each site also reported received flowers from the Hameho Garden Club.

One of homes featured on the tour belongs to Margaret Mello, a Barrington Preservation Society trustee. Ms. Mello said everyone seemed quite happy with the turnout and the organization of the event as a whole, which featured numerous volunteers.

Ms. Mello said it was fun to give a tour of her home and satisfying to showcase the work of her and her husband. Ms. Mello’s Appian Way home was built in 1872. It sits 16 feet from the sea wall and, for 11 years from 1910 to 1921, was used for hospital purposes.

Jane Scola, a society board member who served on the tour’s organizational committee, said the event went well after roughly one year of preparation.

“It’s a section of Barrington that has never had the panache of the Nayatt Point or Rumstick Road and it’s come a long way. It’s a wonderful area,” Ms. Scola said.

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