Provincetown History Snippet: Holy Mackerel!

Provincetown History Snippet: Holy Mackerel!

In 1851, there were 60 Provincetown-owned vessels weighing a total of 4,332 tons pursuing mackerel; the fishery employed 688 men and boys. In 1864 the catch was so great, the year was referred to as the Boon Island Year. It didn’t last. By 1871, the price haddropped...
Provincetown History Snippet: The Moors Motel & Restaurant

Provincetown History Snippet: The Moors Motel & Restaurant

Today it’s AWOL, part of the chain of Lark Hotels, but in the 1950s at the end of Bradford Street Extension you’d have found The Moors Motel and The Moors Restaurant. The promotional postcard for the motel noted it was “Provincetown’s nicest, overlooking the beautiful...
Provincetown History Snippet: The Somerset

Provincetown History Snippet: The Somerset

Provincetown was largely deserted during the Revolution, as many of its men enlisted to fight. Yet together with Truro, Provincetown made one of the war’s biggest captures. The 64-gun British man-of-war Somerset had blockaded Boston and bombarded Charlestown during...
Provincetown History Snippet: Early Provincetown Homes

Provincetown History Snippet: Early Provincetown Homes

The earliest homes in Provincetown were reminiscent of the cottages the early settler left behind, yet adapted to life on a sand bar. They were shingled, built close to the ground with small circular cellars that could withstand the pressure of the ever-shifting sand....
Provincetown History Snippet: The Provincetown Airport

Provincetown History Snippet: The Provincetown Airport

Constructed in the 1940s, with a runway first paved in 1948, the Provincetown Municipal Airport consists of developed airside and landside areas maintained for airport facilities and operations, surrounded by undeveloped areas that consist of grasslands, coastal...