Provincetown History Snippet:  Lobster

Provincetown History Snippet: Lobster

The lobster industry in North America started here, and Provincetown was the first lobster center of New England. In 1740, large Provincetown lobsters were selling in Boston for three half-pence a piece! But the industry really got going around 1800 when techniques...
Provincetown History Snippet: Bellamy’s Bride

Provincetown History Snippet: Bellamy’s Bride

Most of us know the story of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy, whose flagship, the Whydah, sank just off Provincetown during a nor’easter in 1715. Bellamy was heading north to Maine to hide out for a while after a successful season in the Caribbean. So why did the ship...
Ptown History Snippet: The Sidewalk

Ptown History Snippet: The Sidewalk

Provincetown History Snippet: Walking Down the Sidewalk Provincetown’s sidewalks were originally four-plank wide boardwalks, stipulated as “wide enough for two” in the late 1800s. When summer visitors arrived, crowds of people walked in the streets (they still...
What Did Ken Fulk Do to The Vorse House?

What Did Ken Fulk Do to The Vorse House?

Ken Fulk bought the Mary Heaton Vorse House and has meticulously restored its interiors to the time in 1916 when it was the epicenter of literati, arts, and avant-garde culture, and It will open it to the public on July 2 as one of New England’s newest arts centers....
Who is Susan Glaspell?

Who is Susan Glaspell?

Susan Glaspell’s first novel, The Glory of the Conquered, was published in 1909. It received a series of impressive reviews. The New York Times critic argued: “Unless Susan Glaspell is an assumed name covering that of some already well-known author—and the...

What is the History of MacMillan Wharf?

Back in the days when Provincetown was a significant whaling capital, and then when its big Grand Banks schooners went out to Stellwagen and beyond for fishing, there were approximately 50 working wharves along the harbor. As these industries died out, the wharves...
How Did the Spanish Flu Affect Provincetown?

How Did the Spanish Flu Affect Provincetown?

The first recorded cases of virulent influenza in the United States occurred in Boston, making Massachusetts Ground Zero for the 1918 pandemic. On August 26th, several sailors at the Commonwealth Pier reported in sick with influenza. By the next day, there were eight...