How did Provincetown, Massacusetts get its name?
According to Agnes Edwards book, “Cape Cod New and Old” published in 1918, after the union of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies in 1692 Provincetown, then a part of Truro. became a fishing hamlet. In 1741 it was set off as a precinct of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Initially the lands retained, were owned by the colony. Province of the Massachusetts Colony became Provincetown. Sounds logical to me. What may not be logical to someone who doesn’t live in Provincetown, why sewage and water usage are such hot button issues. When it comes to real estate use and development, these things are very much on the minds of the characters in the new murder mystery novel, Remaining in Provincetown by S.N.Cook. Now available online and in bookstores, including Amazon.com. Like us on Facebook.
President Theodore Roosevelt Laying the cornerstone for the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown in 1907
President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt came to Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 20th, 1907 to lay the cornerstone for the Pilgrim Monument as shown in the above antique postcard. It was a joyous occasion for the Cape Cod town and the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association founded in 1892 to honor Provincetown as the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing place in 1620. Crowds gathered and the bands played to mark the start of construction that was completed three years later in 1910.
While Plymouth often gets much of the glory for being the first settlement of the pilgrims, it was in Provincetown and Truro that the Pilgrims, sailing to the New World on The Mayflower, spent five weeks before they sailed to the base of the Cape. It was in Provincetown Harbor that they drew up the Mayflower Compact, which established the basic rules of governance for their new home.
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The Pilgrim Monument situated up on a hill looking out over the town, stands 252 feet in height. The design of the all granite monument that sits 350 feet above sea level, was modeled after a classic stone monument in Italy, Torre Del Mangia in Siena. Whether you approach Provincetown by boat, car, or airplane, the Pilgrim Monument immediately grabs your attention as an important landmark. Which is why the Pilgrim Monument is a focal point on the cover of the just released novel Remaining in Provincetown now available at Amazon.com. If you’ve been enjoying this blog, you’ll want to read the book.
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The welcome sign when you first arrive in Provincetown was replaced several decades ago, and while the message still says “welcome” and recognizes the importance of the fishing industry, the old sign let visitors know that counter to what many children are taught in school, Provincetown not Plymouth was the first landing place of the Pilgrims. VIsiit Provincetown and at the Pilgrim Memorial Monument and Museum you can learn more about the Mayflower’s visit to Cape Cod. There are many things about Provincetown the casual visit may not be aware of, but when you read Remaining in Provincetown, you’ll get an insider viewpoint.