26 Elm Arch Way, Falmouth | 617.249.4462 | TommysPlace.org
It started when Timothy O’Connell gave a young boy, Gryfin Sawyer, a dream vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Gryfin was battling childhood cancer, and the vacation had an impact on Gryfin and his family. Sadly Gryfin died shortly after, but the experience for Mr. O’Connell was inspirational.
In 2018, O’Connell bought the Elm Arch Inn, a Falmouth landmark in need of some TLC, and got to work. His tenacity and devotion brought his dream to fruition, and in 2021 Tommy’s Place, named for local legend and Falmouth Road Race founder, Tommy Leonard, opened its doors to children battling cancer and their families free of charge so that they can relax and have fun.
To maintain privacy, the 11-bedroom house is opened to one family at a time and is replete with fun activities and themed rooms. For recreation, families have the game room, home theater, tavern, horseshoes, a giant chess set and outdoor TV, to name just a few. Perhaps one of the most interesting fixtures at the house is the 1951 fire truck.
Each bedroom has its own unique design—luxury hotel, Malibu sunset, a sailboat—and there is Gryfin’s Room, a Boston Bruins-themed room that is disabled-accessible and dedicated to the memory of Gryfin Sawyer.
Tommy’s Place is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and all donations are tax-deductible and help children fighting cancer have a magical vacation.