Castle Road in Truro and Sladesville Inspire Provincetown Artists and Writers

Sladeseville, Truro, Cape Cod, Mass.

Sladeseville, Truro, Cape Cod, Mass.

At the time this postcard was published, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill had not yet been founded and there were fewer houses along  Castle Road, but the title of this  postcard is Sladesville and that is the focus of this picture.  Probably printed just before The Great Depression, this illustration captures the beauty of the Pamet and the Cape Cod Bay and even throws in a sunset.  Its not too far from this spot, that much of the story of the sequel to Remaining in Provincetown takes place.  The characters often drive along Caste Road and the group of rental cottages that were built in 1925 by artist C. Arnold Slade.

So who was C. Arnold Slade? A Massachusetts native and graduate of Brown University, Slade studied at the  Art Student’s League in New York City under Louis Loeb and Frank Dumond. He also studied in Paris and enjoyed early success as an artist. According to art historian Julie Carlson Eldred, Slade first spent  a winter in Truro in 1914, and summered there sporadically from 1920. In 1925  he purchased Truro’s first Methodist meeting house, built in 1826, and had it dismantled and reconstructed on what was known at the time as  “Savage Point”. The former church was used to build a structure that served as both a studio and an exhibition space.  If you go to “Sladesville” today, no longer owned by the Slade family, you will  also see a red house, where the Slades lived, which was called Roselea.   During the 1930s and 40s C. Arnold Slade enjoyed a successful career as a portrait painter and painted the likenesses of many dignitaries.  He died in 1961.

The story sequel, set in Truro, takes places in approximately 1992.  Haven’t read Remaining in Provincetown yet?  You can buy a copy, at The Provincetown Bookshop or you can purchase a trade paperback or ebook online.  Please like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.

Reading some books about Provincetown will get you in the mood for your visit.

Reading some books about Provincetown will get you in the mood for your visit.

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Truro Pamet River Inspires Second “Remaining in Provincetown” Mystery Series

Antique Postcard , color lithographic print, mailed with a two cent stamp.

Antique Postcard , color lithographic print, mailed with a two cent stamp.

At the time this postcard was printed and mailed, there was still a train that traveled the length of Cape Cod, all the way to Provincetown.  While Provincetown quickly became a bustling and densely populated settlement, Truro has remained primarily rural.  One of its fine features are the expansive sand dunes, marshes, and the Pamet River, shown in the above postcard.

As the sequel to the mystery novel, Remaining in Provincetown” opens, Len Milbury is going for a run from the Truro Town Center Post Office to Ballston Beach on the road that runs parallel to The Pamet River.  In his backpack he carries a letter.  Is it a clue?

While the book’s title has not been finalized,  there is another book that follows “Remaining in Provincetown”.  In it you”ll get a chance to read more about the the lives and adventures of Frank Chambers and Roz Silva. But maybe you haven’t read the first book yet in which case, please do.  A new batch of autographed copies are about to arrive at The Provincetown Bookstore at 246 Commercial Street. And if you aren’t going to be in Provincetown, then you can always order the book online as a trade paperback or ebook. 

Remaining in Provincetown  By S.N.Cook.  Truro Works. 306 pages  $12.95 Trade Paperback

Remaining in Provincetown
By S.N.Cook.
Truro Works. 306 pages
$12.95 Trade Paperback

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