At one time, there were so many downed vessels off the coast near the town we now know as Truro, it was known as Dangerfield. The name Truro was borrowed from a Cornish town that looks similar– the rolling hills and small village. There is plenty of danger taking place in the sequel to the popular mystery Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook. Set in Truro during the summer, the landmarks of Truro figure prominently in the story line. Haven’t read Remaining in Provincetown yet? Autographed copies are available at The Provincetown Book Shop and online in trade paperback and as an ebook. Like our facebook page.
The antique postcard shown in this blog post, shows Truro Town Hall and Federated Church on Storm Hill in Truro. The cemetery has tombstones dating back to the 1700s. A color lithograph print, the card was published when it only cost one penny to mail a postcard in the United States.
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Cape Cod Fishnet Industries in North Truro
This old glossy postcard from the 1960s show Tiny Worthington’s store Fishnet Industries and the caption on the postcard states it was open year round back in the days when telephones were managed by live operators and the phone number was “Provincetown 834”. Advertised as “The only shop of its kind” the establishment provided year-round employment. Thirty-five years ago, Truro in the summertime was not very different from Truro in 2015. But what happens when someone is found dead in a beautiful home with an idyllic view of the Pamet River. Who is going to solve the mystery? Fans of Remaining in Provincetown will be please to know that a sequel has been written. Currently being edited and reviewed, we’ll keep posting old postcards for your viewing pleasure. Haven’t read the first book yet? There’s still time during the cold winter months on Cape Cod. Currently available online and at your favorite bookstores including the Provincetown Bookshop. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.
Early 20th century Truro Postcard showing Pamet River.
If you live in Provincetown, you spend time in Truro–the adjacent township which is more rural in its setting. Or maybe you work in Provincetown and live in Truro. One of the beautiful spots in the town is the Pamet River. Over four miles in length, the river is named for the Paomet Indian tribe who lived on Cape Cod. It is probably their corn the pilgrims stole from Corn Hill after they initially landed in Provincetown Harbor and then went further down the Bay in pursuit of food.
WIth the changes that winter storms have wrought on the coastlines during the past few years, its interesting to see this old postcard that was mailed in 1927 from Truro to Carver Road. The writer was evidently staying in Truro but talks about going into Provincetown to enjoy parades and celebrations. So even back in the 1920s, Provincetown was the place for parties. Want to learn more about Provincetown read Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook, available online and in local bookstores. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going. Pick up a copy of this week’s Provincetown Magazine and read a brief excerpt from the book.
The geography of Mayflower Heights in Provincetown certainly looks different in this antique postcard when you are approaching by horse and carriage! Not that many people living in Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod actually owned horses. A boat was a more practical means of transportation, for this small town overlooking the Cape Cod Bay. As written in The Log of Provincetown and Truro on Cape Cod Massachusetts by M.C.M. Hatch, published in 1939:
“In 1829, a Provincetown minister could write to a friend: –“would you believe that there is a town in the United States with eighteen hundred inhabitants and only one horse with one eye? Well that town is Provincetown and I am the only man in it that owns a horse, and he is an old white one with only one eye.”
There’s all different sorts of interesting things you can read about Provincetown written in the past. Or you can read a brand new murder mystery, Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook now available in bookstores, online, and at Amazon.com. Like us on Facebook. Thank you!
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.
The novel everyone is talking about has been released.
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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Dune buggy Tour looking out over Pilgrim Lake near Provincetown
Before there was a National Seashore, four wheel drive vehicles could traverse the sand dunes at the tip of Cape Cod, traveling back and forth to visit dune shacks and go fishing. Tourists would pull over to the side of the highway and get out of their cars to run up and down the dunes as they approached Provincetown. This postcard from the 1960s shows a Dune buggy tour on the sand dune above Pilgrim Lake, which you see as you approach Provincetown from Truro. Initially the National Seashore built a parking lot near Pilgrim Lake to provide a safe spot for visitors to park but quickly realized all the erosion damage taking place and closed the area. Dune grass has been extensively planted to help prevent more loss of the dunes. In 1946 Art Costa started Art’s Dune Tours and his son Bob Costa has continued the tradition of providing interesting educational tours that explain some of the historic highlights of the sand dunes that span from the back side of the town out to Race Point and the Outer Shore. You can walk the across the dunes by taking the path at Snail Road and hiking across the sand or you can enjoy the bicycle trails that cross the sand dunes as the Carreiro children do in the soon-to-be released mystery novel Remaining in Provincetown.