To the Editor:
We are writing to you, the Board of Selectmen, after attending the recent meeting held by the Hull Historic Commission and discussions surrounding the Fort Revere Water Tower restorations. The robust presence of community members at this meeting filled the space with pride, support, and desire to restore this integral piece of the town’s history.
The Fort Revere Water Tower is a town beacon from the air, land, and sea. Whether flying home from a recent holiday, entering the Village on the way to school, commuting to and from Boston via ferry, or attending the funeral service of a loved one, this monument is hard to go unnoticed. Monuments such as these are integral pieces of our history and help bring communities together.
Over the years, as I have looked up to the tower when in my backyard, it is hard not to think of the many stories passed along in our family through the generations. These stories, involving veterans, span the last 100 years to present time.
The Fort Revere Water Tower and surrounding area have deteriorated and are in dire need of restorations. We have witnessed members of the community attempt to keep up the fortification site, but sufficient funding is needed to fully restore this piece of American history. Although we recognize the funds needed for historic preservation are at a time when there is a long list of needs within our community, we feel we have an opportunity to honor those before us and build on the sense of pride in our country and community.
With efforts and funding put forth to fully restore the Fort Revere Water Tower, so, too, will the surrounding area and sites of the historic fortification. This will continue to be a site where the children in town will learn about Hull’s history and be a historical destination for visitors to enjoy the view of Hull Bay and beyond.
We kindly ask you, the Board of Selectmen, to place an article on the 2021 town meeting warrant to fund the restoration of the Fort Revere Water Tower.
- Deb Fleck