Gray Gables and Bourne's Connection to President Grover Cleveland
While JFK is the president most closely associated with the Cape, the area was also popular with another president--Grover Cleveland.
Cleveland, famed for being the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office, frequently summered in Bourne and his summer home, Gray Gables, lent its name to that area of Bourne.
If you visit the Gray Gables area, you can see the Gray Gables Railroad Station which was built for the personal use of Cleveland during the years of his presidency from 1893 to 1896. The station is maintained by the Bourne Historical Society. The station is located next to the Aptucxet Trading Post on 24 Aptuxcet Road in Bourne. The station was moved to this location in 1976.
Gray Gables was used as a summer White House during Cleveland's second term and the depot had a direct telegraph line back to Washington, DC.
For more information about the history of Bourne, visit the Historical Center on 30 Keene Street in Bourne. Their phone number is 508-759-8167. The center is open Monday and Tuesdays from 9am to 2:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
BLOG | 06/07/2015 - 8:00AM | BY MATILDA BROWN
Visit Gray Gables, the railroad station that connected the Cape to Washington, DC during President Grover Cleveland's term. Jane Booth photo.
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