Written on the back of this antique postcard it says Hell Town, New Beach. Yes, long ago there was a fishing settlement between Woods End and Race Point called “Hell Town”. It’s a pretty ironic name considering that Provincetown, located at the very end of Cape Cod, through the years became known as a wild party town where just about anything goes. As for the term New Beach, it has not been used for decades to my knowledge. When I google the term “New Beach” what I get is “Nude Beach”. Well yes, there has always been an unofficial and then official Nude Beach over at Herring Cove Beach. If there is a secluded place, naturists will remove their clothes, it’s just natural. Just like it’s natural for folks who live in a beautiful place like Provincetown will want to enjoy spending as much time on the beach, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore and the sounds of the seagulls calling to one another flying above and looking for some tasty dinner. Partaking in tasty food is something many of the characters in Remaining in Provincetown like to do, particularly Bruno the owner of a popular Bed and Breakfast. Want to learn more? Keep posted to learn more about the soon-to-be released novel everyone’s talking about.
Provincetown’s National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service, includes historic Race Point beach and Race Point Light. The Race Point Lighthouse served as an important beacon to ships before the days of radar and radio. Many ships were wrecked on the sand bars off the tip of Cape Cod and a rescue station was located not far from the lighthouse. Today, if you visit Provincetown be certain to spend time at all the gorgeous beaches and visit the restored Lifesaving Museum that was moved to the site from Chatham in 1977. It was called the Harbor Life-Saving Station and it was built in Chatham in 1897. The original Provincetown station did not survive the ravages of time. On Thursday evening you can see rescue re-enactments .
While the roads are no longer dirt roads, there are still patches of woods and overhanging trees as you follow the route from the center of Provincetown across Route 6 and towards Race Point Beach. There are many trails across the sand dunes., some just meant for walking. Printed in Germany and sold during the era when it cost only a penny to mail a postcard for domestic delivery, this beautiful card appears to be made between 1880 and 1900. Antique postcards are important to one of the characters in the soon-to-be-released novel Remaining in Provincetown. You might go so far as to say they were almost an obsession.
Stormy seas like the seas we’ve been experiencing on the Outer Cape the past few days mean danger for ships. Particularly in the past before radar and satellite tracking technology many ships crashed on the sand bars and drifted to shore.
This old post card shows a “Rum Runner” stranded on Race Point Beach at the tip of Cape Cod, now part of the Provincetown National Seashore, near the Coast Guard Station. Stormy weather in the soon to be released novel, Remaining in Provincetown?
You’ll have to read it to find out.