The New Beach, Provincetown Postcard 1940s
Today this beach is known as “Herring Cove”, but during the mid 20th century it was called “New Beach”. The name came from the new Masachussets state highway constructed in the 1920’s, which provided easy access to the beach at the tip of Cape Cod. With hundreds of parking spaces, two bathhouses, and a snack bar— by the 1950s New Beach was a popular tourist attraction to visitors who wanted to enjoy a swim, regardless of the tide schedule.
In 1962 the National Park Service took over ownership and management of this popular beach and renamed it Herring Cove– the original name of the shoreline popular with fisherman. Beach grass was planted to try and slow erosion, but it’s been a losing battle. Wave action, rising seas, and shifting sands have created havoc with the parking area of this beach long popular with nature lovers and nudists who have enjoyed the solitude afforded by the expansive dune landscape. Certainly the characters in Remaining in Provincetown frequent Herring Cove Beach a beautiful spot for watching the sunset. It might even be a spot to hide a murder weapon or to bid a last good-bye. Haven’t read the mystery novel Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook? Autographed copies are available at The Provincetown Bookshop or buy a copy in trade paperback or as an ebook online. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.
What a great view at sunset, high atop Corn Hill in Truro, you can look down on Cape Cod Bay and the Pamet River. The site of Corn Hill is famous, because this is the location where a search party from The Mayflower while docked in Provincetown Harbor found the Indian’s winter stash of corn (November 15, 1620). There is a monument marker that tells the story at the base of the hill and at the top of the hill, are what were once the original Corn Hill Cottages as shown in this postcard, built in 1900. Originally there were two rows of cottages, but a fire in 1937 destroyed the lower row of cottages and they were never rebuilt. A great deal of modernization as taken place to the entire area with the addition of luxury homes that populate the once rustic area, but look closely if you take a walk in the area and you can get a glimpse of the older architecture.
Not too far from Provincetown, Corn Hill Beach and the Pamet are near some of the action takes place in the sequel to the murder mystery Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook. Haven’t read the first book yet? Autographed copies are available at the Provincetown Book Shop on Commercial Street and are also available online in trade paperback and as an ebook. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.
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Reading some books about Provincetown will get you in the mood for your visit.