Provincetown’s Herring Cove Once Called New Beach

The New Beach, Provincetown Postcard 1940s

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.

Provincetown or Truro; Bayside Cottages Popular Retreat

The postcard was posted in 1939 as the country was recovering from The Great Depression two years before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United State’s entry into World War II. Cape Cod was a popular getaway spot and the bevy of cottages that dotted the edge of Route 6A in North Truro as one approaches the east end of Provincetown are evidence of that fact. Many were built during the first decades of the 20th century and gradually they are becoming condominium.

In the sequel murder mystery to Remaining in Provincetown, some of the summer visitors are staying in cottages in Truro.  Is that where a crime takes place? You’ll have to read the book to find out,  when it is released. While you are waiting, if you haven’t read the first book, now is the time to  pick up a copy of Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook.

Pilgrim Cottages

Pilgrim Cottages

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Ballston Beach Truro and the Cape Cod Ocean

20150709-173201.jpgSurf bathing at Ballston Beach in Truro is still a favorite way to cool off on a hot day. If not for the sailing ships in the background, this could be a 2lst century scene, but this antique postcard was printed around 1900.   The closest and easily accessible ocean beach near Truro Center and the Pamet it is a favorite spot of the characters in the sequel novel to Remaining in Provincetown.  Where does this beach get its name? I”m not sure, if anyone does know, please share. As the summer progresses so does the story. If you haven’t read Remaining in Provincetown, there are autographed copies at the Provincetown Bookshop on Commercial Street and the book is also available online as an ebook or trade paperback. 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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Truro Highlands on Cape Cod an Idyllic Setting to Solve a Provincetown Mystery

Cape Cod Cottage in the Truro Highlands near Highland Light in North Truro.

Cape Cod Cottage in the Truro Highlands near Highland Light in North Truro.

This beautiful hand colored postcard features a typical shingled Cape Cod cottage from the 19th century complete with out buildings and garden.   There are still many lovely old homes to admire driving along Highland Road towards Highland Lighthouse in North Truro. The flowers tell you it must be summertime and that is the time of year for the sequel to the popular mystery novel Remaining in Provincetown by S. N. Cook scheduled to be released in 2015.  If you haven’t read Remaining in Provincetown yet, buy your copy (available in trade paperback or as an ebook)  online  or at your favorite bookstore. Autographed copies are available at the Provincetown Bookstore. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.

Provincetown Fishing Tradition Celebrated at Blessing of the Fleet

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This 1960’s postcard shows a plentiful catch of fish on a commercial fishing boat out of Provincetown.  Fifty plus years later and the commercial fishing boats are not as plentiful as they once were, docked off of MacMillan Pier.  Still the tradition continues and has been revitalized in recent years with the Portuguese Festival that has enhanced the annual Blessing of the Fleet. 

The end of June is a great time to visit Provincetown an the celebration begins this weekend on Thursday the 26th.  To get into the mood of Provincetown, pick up a copy of Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook , the recently published murder mystery that still has everyone talking.  What happens during the Blessing of the Fleet in the story set in the 1980s might give you some clues. A few autographed copies can be found at the  Provincetown Bookshop on Commercial Street or buy it online in trade paperback or ebook. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.

Provincetown East Harbor Now Pilgrim Lake

Pilgrim Lake approaching from Mayflower Heights Provincetown, Cape Cod

Pilgrim Lake approaching from Mayflower Heights
Provincetown, Cape Cod

This postcard shows what Pilgrim Lake looked like approximately 120 years ago, but it had already undergone many changes.

Once known historically as Eastern Harbor and later as East Harbor, the protected inlet was eventually diked in 1868 to make it possible for track to be laid for the railroad that made Provincetown into a thriving hub for fishing. The railroad took the fish from the Provincetown Wharf all the way to New York City.

But in building a railroad and a roadway in 1877, East Harbor became a lake known as Pilgrim Lake.

What’s interesting in this old postcard is that the dunes look fairly low and the vegetation is high. The vegetation is what caused the desalination. The fish population gradually depleted although in the mid 20th century there were reports of large terrapin turtles that lived in the lake. What did they eat?

The vegetation and wildlife continues to evolve as the National Park Service attempts to restore portions of the habitat.

What happens next? Only time will tell. Life is often a mystery.

Want to read a novel set in Provincetown? Remaining in Provincetown, “captures the characters and places perfectly,” says one reader review. “Finally an author has been able to successfully capture the flavor of that quirky town on the tip of Cape Cod and do it well,” says another. Available at Provinetown’s favorite local bookstore, Provincetown Bookshop,  or online as a paperback or ebook you’ll want to read Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook to get you ready for summer 2014. Like it on Facebook and keep the conversation going.