Will There Be a Funicular to Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum?

Cape Cod's Pilgrim Trail

19 Oct Will There Be a Funicular to Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum?

Cape Cod's Pilgrim Trail

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum  will host a series of community forums to discuss the proposed funicular project that will connect the the two landmarks to Bradford Street and to the center of Provincetown.

The proposed Bradford Access Project involves the construction of a funicular, or tram, laid on a track on a narrow, landscaped strip which will ascend from the Monument’s property immediately next to the Bas Relief Park on Bradford Street up to the monument and museum campus.

The monument and museum is inviting the community to learn more about the project and be part of the process by hosting public forums at the museum on Saturday, November 4 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm and on Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“We look forward to meeting with the community to discuss this exciting project that will connect the Pilgrim Monument to the heart of Provincetown,” said Courtney Hurst, President of the monument and museum Board of Trustees.

“Currently, the impenetrable hill on which we sit acts as a visual and a physical barrier to connecting the town with the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. It extinguishes what would otherwise be a powerful historical linkage between the Bas Relief that commemorates the Pilgrims’ signing of the Mayflower Compact, the Monument that honors their first landing, and the museum that tells Provincetown’s story as an accepting and tolerant place that has welcomed pilgrims of all kinds for centuries,” said Hurst.

The monument and museum wants to create a deeper connection with Provincetown residents and the building of a funicular will do that.

Cape Cod's Pilgrim Trail

“Improving accessibility is critical to making the connection between us and Provincetown’s residents and visitors, so we’ve been thinking about it for a long time. We’ve identified a tentative solution to achieve these important goals and we’d like to engage the community in conversations to further examine the ideas of our residents and other stakeholders,” said Paul deRuyter, member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board’s Bradford Access Project Committee.

The forums will give the community an opportunity to hear more about the Bradford Access Project, air any concerns they may have and provide creative input on the project.  The museum and monument will be updating the community on a regular basis through its website and social media platforms while the project is underway. The project is currently in the very early planning phase and construction is proposed to be underway in 2018.

Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth.

At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.”

The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and partners with Provincetown 400 and Plymouth 400 for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown.  Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.

  • Edward S. Read
    Posted at 07:56h, 11 November Reply

    As the great grandson of the architect of the monument, Willard T. Sears, I sort of feel compelled to question this, if only on principle. I suppose someone could argue that it provides access to people who have disabilities. But if you can’t walk up an 80 foot incline then it’s highly unlikely you’re going to be climbing the 116 steps of the actual monument itself. It just seems like a bit of an absurd proposition.

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