Over one hundred and sixty years ago Bourne Spooner, a founder of the Plymouth Cordage Company, was authorized by their directors at its first meeting to construct this dwelling at a cost not to exceed eighteen hundred dollars. During these years it housed many people from all walks of life, including rope makers, nurses, teachers and craftsmen. It was a cultural meeting place also, and no doubt meetings for the Anti-Slavery movement took place here, as Bourne Spooner was an anti-slavery activist.
The house was owned by The Cordage Company until purchased by John and Nellie Pasco in 1962. John had also been a cordage worker and it was their home until 1969, when it was purchased by Richard and Alice Davis for use as a dwelling and a funeral home.
The large house with twelve rooms on the second and third floor was of sufficient size for the Davis family of seven. With a few alterations to the first floor we were open for business. Our first funeral was in September 1969. This was the start of Director Davis’ lifelong dream. We now have a new addition, added in 1980, of over eight hundred square feet for the use of our clients and their friends. The Richard Davis Funeral Homes are the successor to W.W. Beaman of Plymouth Center. On July 10, 1994 the Davis family opened their new facility at 619 State Road in Manomet in order to provide the fast growing southern end of town a convenient modern funeral home close by.
Our son Joseph joined in the business and obtained his Embalming and Funeral Directing licenses in 1975 and in 1998 Joseph and his wife Jennifer began caring for the day-to-day operations of the funeral homes with Richard still remaining a vital part of the business. And now, their daughter Tracy Deneault has joined them in the business. The entire Davis family and their staff would be honored to serve your family in its time of need.