Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Old Wharf 1910 to the 1960s

My family had tales of Prohibition-era rum-running in Wellfleet; my mother and aunt spoke of “watching the lights over at the Old Wharf from the attic window” during the 1920s and 1930s. Another person recently interviewed laughingly spoke of the … Continue reading

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Developing Old Wharf Point 1890-1910

Robert Howard and his partner in the Cape Cod Bay Land Company, Edward Reed, began developing new cottage neighborhoods in Wellfleet in the late 1880s. The mackerel fishing had fallen to new lows, many Wellfleetians were moving elsewhere and had … Continue reading

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The South Wellfleet Fire Tower

The Fire Tower in South Wellfleet on Route Six near Pilgrim Spring Road was erected in 1927. Cape Cod had been regularly threatened with damaging woodland fires, some reaching many hundreds of acres. A report in the Barnstable Patriot in … Continue reading

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Telephones and Electricity

My earliest childhood days in South Wellfleet were without electricity or telephone service, so I’ve been curious about when these modern devices reached Wellfleet, and how they were assimilated into the lives of the town’s citizens. There were just two … Continue reading

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