All of our Cape Cod towns do a great job when it comes to preserving the past and making their historic locations accessible for the public to enjoy. Provincetown just happens to be at the top of my list for places to see a number of sites all in one day. Here are three notable locations that will give the inquiring traveler a bit more insight into our local Ptown history.
1) Pilgrim Monument – Built between 1907 and 1910, this is the tallest all granite structure in the United States. On a clear day you can see these from across Cape Cod Bay so it’s pretty hard to miss when you’re in town. The Monument commemorates the 1620 landfall of the Pilgrims and signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor.
2) Race Point Lighthouse – This historic light has been keeping vessels from running aground since 1816 and sits in the beautiful sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. For a really unique treat, accommodations for about 10 people are available if you want to stay overnight.
3.) Old Harbor Life Saving Station – Originally built in Chatham in 1897 this building was relocated to Provincetown by barge in 1977. Situated in the National Seashore the station offers insight into the lives of brave surf-men and their various methods for saving sailors in distress. You’ve got to see the breeches buoy rescue re-enactments by the staff on Thursdays during the summer months.
If you need to find a place to stay after your busy day please be sure to check in with us here at the Brass Key Guesthouse!