The year: 1891. The place: Falmouth Heights. The objectives: Rest, quiet, and mental culture, in a campground setting. All these were promised by the Falmouth Summer Institute, organized by Rev. Charles Henry Washburn, pastor of the town’s First Congregational Church.
Reverend Henry Herbert Smythe, pastor of St. Barnabas Church. Not being boastful, he never made a fuss about his encounter with Lincoln. His brother, Arthur Harris Smythe, did more to keep the story alive than “Herbie” ever did.