In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. The survey was funded one-half by the Sippican Historical Society and one-half by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Due to the limits of funding, not all of the historic buildings were surveyed, but over 100 were catalogued and photographed. The results of the survey are in digital form on the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s website and in four binders in the Sippican Historical Society’s office (and at the Marion Town Clerk’s office).
Marion (Old Rochester) is one of the oldest towns in the United States, and the Sippican Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documentation on its historic buildings. The Sippican Historical Society will preview one building a week so that the residents of Marion can understand more about its unique historical architecture.
This installment features 319 Delano Road. The home at 319 Delano Road (Shore Farm) was built c. mid-18th century for Stephen Delano, whose extensive salt works along the Weweantic River on the north side of Delano Road were some of the first built in Marion. This typical Cape Cod house was owned by I. Delano in 1855. By 1879, Polly Delano lived here. By 1903, Capt. Charles C. Delano owned this home, remaining there until his death on April 18, 1916. Capt. Amos Delano, a member of the Marion Board of Selectmen, lived here until at least the mid-1920s.