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  • Where They Sleep!
    Here and there the old Cape Cod villages are dotted by little cemeteries. Some of the cemeteries are very small. In them there are perhaps not over a score of graves.
  • Highland Light
    Cape Cod, or Highland Light at Truro, can be seen on a starry night forty-five miles out to sea. It towers eighty feet above a cliff which is one hundred and forty feet high. This cliff, precipitous…
  • Moon Over Cape Cod
    Early Cape Codders, in fact, Cape Codders up to not so very long ago, like other New Englanders, believed that the moon had a profound influence over many departments of the people’s lives.
  • Is it a Fortune?
    We have heard of small fortunes “picked up” from the sea or at the seashore when some lucky person discovered ambergris there. What is ambergris? and how could you be sure you had made a…
  • Fishing Spots: Bass River Bridge Rt. 28
    The Bass River Bridge is one of the most well known fishing spots in the Mid-Cape area. The Bass River Bridge separates the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth on Route 28 in the South Yarmouth/West Dennis…
  • Resurrected Ship: The Sparrowhawk
    Nearly four hundred years ago a shipload of would-be colonists set out from Liverpool, England, on the ship Sparrowhawk. These people were not bound for the Cape. They intended to go to the colony…
  • Abandon Ship!
    If this thrilling cry had sounded throughout the Mayflower in the fury of some storm or even in the dark of a calm night at sea, what a predicament her people would have been in!
  • John Alden Settles the Matter
    The Pilgrims and the Indians got along very well. There were a few arguments but none was serious. In 1657 the inhabitants of the Town of Yarmouth had a disagreement with the Indian sachem Yanno, or…
  • This Is A Cape Cod Cat
    A Cape Cod cat on dry land is a feline animal, but a Cape Cod cat in the water is a sailboat of a particular type of hull and rig. You may wish to be able to recognize the next one you see sailing while…
  • Visit Antique Shops
    Cape Cod’s many antique shops offer an excellent chance for the collector of old furniture, pictures and knick-knacks. For hidden at the rear of one of those barns with the large sign “Antiques”…
  • Beaches Made In A Day
    “The time must come,” wrote Henry David Thoreau, who knew Cape Cod well, “when this coast (of the Cape) will be a place of resort for those New Englanders who really wish to visit…
  • Moonberries and Crowberries
    The Cape’s lowly cranberry, bright, gayly red, pleasantly tart to the taste, with a delightful tang, is a berry of fascinating interest to those who make a study of it and its varieties, names,…
  • The Indians Saved the Day
    An incident of historical significance was the part Yarmouth took in the expedition against the French, and the capture of the Canadian stronghold. In 1745, forty white men and thirteen Pawkunnawakut…
  • Colonial Cure for Insomnia
    It was not quite so easy for the victims of insomnia in Colonial times to obtain sleep remedies as it is now. Perhaps there was less need for them then.
  • Sea-Jug Post
    The “sea-jug post” was established many long years ago by the old sailing ships. Vessels that had long been at sea could not always be certain of meeting other vessels homeward bound, and…
  • The Great Yellow Day
    On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1881, there occurred over all New England, for nearly all that day, a darkness of alarming nature. It was like the famous “dark day” of ninety-nine years before, 1780,…
  • Economic Antics on Cape Cod
    This story is taken from an old issue of the Cape’s weekly Cape Codder. It seems that a lower Cape fisherman wanted a dory that was owned by another fisherman, and finally fisherman Number…
  • Something in the Air
    There must be something in the air, “or something”, that helps folks to live well beyond the biblical span of three score and ten years, here on the Cape. There are more octogenarians (a…
  • Sailors’ Superstitions
    Mariners have always been notoriously superstitious folks. While out commercial fishing, I am very superstitious. My crew and I always follow the same routine to a tee. Never varying our process keeps…
  • Auctions Are Fun
    To some, the very whisper of an auction, a bargain in a Hitchcock chair, an antique mirror, or table, or an old house reputedly full of tangible souvenirs of the past, are like the call of adventure…
  • Fish Out Of Water
    Fishermen of Cape Cod occasionally bring in to port more than the fish in their holds. In the fall of 1963, the dragger Frances Elizabeth, of Provincetown, reached port with a deer she had “caught”…
  • Reminders Of Whaling Days
    It is said that one hundred and fifty sea captains lived in Dennis in 1837; and Brewster in 1850, boasted of having more skippers than any other port in the country.
  • Sea Captains’ Mansions
    The square Georgian mansions of Cape Cod were built by the old-time sea captains. Like everything else on the Cape, they are modest and in good taste.
  • Don’t Wait for a Table
    Here is a tip for avoiding that long wait for a table at a packed restaurant. As long as you are solo or in a small party (2 or 3 person maximum) and the restaurant has a bar, this trick will usually…
  • Vikings at Dennis?
    Was it at Dennis that “Vinland” of the Norse sagas was located? Over 50 years ago, under the supervision of the Massachusetts Archeological Society and the Cape Cod chamber of commerce,…
  • The Cape Cod Cottage
    An aged Cape Cod house is the first preference of every inlander who dreams of establishing a home here. Either a Half-House,…
  • Jeremiah Mayo, Famous Skipper
    Jeremiah Mayo, born 1786 in Brewster, was typical of the many Cape Cod blue water captains who left their mark on American nautical history. Mayo was one of nine big brothers who, when laid end to end,…
  • In Barnstable Bay
    Typical of the hundreds upon hundreds of shipwrecks that have occurred along the great hook of Cape Cod is the sinking of the schooner Almira.
  • Trees On the Cape
    The commonest tree on Cape Cod is the common pitch pine, or scrub pine. Next in frequency are the scrub oak and the juniper, or red cedar, as it is locally called. All these trees are native to the…
  • Least Known Of All Cape Cod Towns
    Mashpee, once an Indian reservation and once one of the least known of all Cape Cod towns, is bordered by Sandwich, Barnstable, Falmouth, and Vineyard Sound.
  • When a Whaler Weighed Anchor
    The object of weighing anchor was, of course, to get a ship under way, and not to find out how much the anchor weighed. One must not think, either, that weighing anchor and getting sail spread and the…
  • Bass River Fish Market & Seafood Restaurant
    An empty lot is all that remains of the Bass River Fish Market & Seafood Restaurant. Years ago, when I was commercial fishing we used to sell fish there once in a while.
  • Eastham Settled By the Pilgrims
    Eastham was settled in 1644, by Pilgrims who had grown disillusioned by the agricultural prospects of the parent colony at Plymouth.
  • The Front Door was for the Minister
    Traditionally, a visitor to a Cape Cod style house did not announce himself at the front door. He would conform to one of the oldest native customs and go around to the kitchen or side door. (Most old…
  • The Sea Serpent
    “Professor” George Washington Ready of Provincetown hid behind a sand dune and watched the monstrous creature rise out of the surf. It shot up geysers of spray, fifty feet high!
  • Cape Cod Ghost Stories
    New England is home to some great ghost stories and the Cape has some old ghosts of it’s own. From haunted houses and inns to the ghost of a pirate’s jilted lover, Cape Cod is rich in hauntings.…
  • Cape Shoals Made History
    Think some time of the difference in American history there would have surely been were it not for Cape Cod and its great shoals. Captain Jones of the Mayflower, with a shipload of men and women…
  • Them Ain’t Clams
    “Them ain’t clams, them’s quahaugs,” is the classic Cape Cod remark to visitors who admire the shellfish which to the south of us is usually called the hard-shelled clam.
  • Peddling Over The Ocean Roads
    There were few roads in early New England. Travel was slow and difficult. But there was always the ocean. And there were always men to build ships that could trade along the coast.
  • Silver and Pewter
    Silverware, rare during the initial period of colonization in New England, became plentiful even in the poorer homes at the start of the 18th century.
  • Daniel Webster Loved Cape Cod
    Barnstable, the county seat of the Cape, was once known as the Great Marshes. The reason for this is quickly seen as one comes Eastward down Route 6A and enters the township of Barnstable. Off to the…
  • Cape Summer Theater
    The stars of tomorrow are painting flats and working in the box offices of your Cape Cod summer theatres as they study their lines for next week’s plays. Premieres of new plays that may next season…
  • The Tides
    To people living along the seacoast the phenomenon of the rise and fall of the tides is as familiar as breathing. But to visitors from inland regions, who have never before seen the ocean, it is a strange…
  • The Norse Wall
    Thorwald Ericson, Leif Ericson’s brother, was said to be exploring the coast of Cape Cod about 1,000 years ago, when his ship was driven ashore at Provincetown in a terrible storm, in which the…
  • Captain Kidd’s Pirate Treasure
    Captain Kidd, according to local tradition, buried his gold at Money Head on Hog Island in Pleasant Bay, off Orleans.
  • Nauset’s Big Boulder
    As you drive out to Nauset Light, keep an eye open for Nauset’s Big Boulder. You will spy it roosting in a grove of trees to your right. Wonder how it got there?
  • Captain Shrimpe
    The travels of Myles Standish took him over much of the Massachusetts wilderness and he knew something of the Cape as well as the immediate area of Plymouth.
  • Seaweed for Dinner?
    Among the different varieties of apparently useless seaweed tossing idly in the waves or strewn for long distances along the highwater mark on the beach, one may discern the kind known as “Irish…
  • Canal Will Fail, They Said
    The building of the Cape Cod Canal was not accomplished in a day — nor without a great deal of controversy. Skeptics asserted that it would be a failure and would never make enough money to achieve…
  • Cure By Cod Fishing
    Cape Cod parents, if they had a son who was either sickly or wild, sometimes sent the boy
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