The 1730 Conant House is open all year, Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm for self-guided tours to see our exhibit, “Falmouth: Changing with the Times”. Our Cultural Center rotates exhibits throughout the year. Additionally, the Museums on the Green offers a full range of adult and family programs, including our 2019 Lecture Series. Costs to most lectures are $ 5 for members and $ 10 for non-members, and are usually held at our Cultural Center, 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth unless otherwise noted. We also offer historical trolley rides on Wednesdays during the fall (reservations required), and in the Spring and Summer, walking tours of Falmouth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am (weather permitting).
CANCELLED: Rum Running on Cape Cod with Don Wilding
February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$5.00
TALK CANCELLED: Regrettably, the author has had to cancel this talk for February. We’ll keep you posted if we can reschedule it for another time.
Forget cranberries or cod. During Prohibition (1920-1933), rum was the cash crop on Cape Cod. Cape Cod historian Don Wilding will tell us how the country’s “Noble Experiment” turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for the locals about a century ago. The story takes place under the cover of darkness, as farmers and fisherman headed off shore and took to the seas to “Rum Row.” There, they met ships laden with the criminal, yet coveted, alcohol and brought the contraband back to the shore through the busy harbors and remote estuaries that are popular tourist destinations today. While local officials often turned a blind eye, there was always a chance of being caught with the illicit and intoxicating cargo. Was rum running worth the risk? You decide.