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henry beeston - outermost house - cape cod

Said to be highly influential in the formation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, author Henry Beston is most simply an Outermost legend. After spending time at college and abroad, the Quincy native returned to Cape Cod for a writing assignment, but left an even greater impact on the literary world and the Cape Cod region in the years to come.

Tasked with researching several area Coast Guard stations for a magazine, Beston eventually moved on to his next assignment: renting an Eastham cottage and drawing up plans for a tiny Coast Guard Beach home of his own. Originally designated as a private writing retreat, Beston’s tiny “Fo’castle” served as home base for an entire year.

It also served as his inspiration in coming up with the American classic “The

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coast guard beach eastham

It’s a longstanding favorite of Cape Cod locals and visitors alike, and is seems word is definitely spreading when it comes to the enjoyment of Coast Guard Beach. Dr Beach, a renowned guru when it comes to identifying the best beaches in America, once again just ranked Coast Guard Beach on his list of the top ten.

Coast Guard Beach comes in at number five for 2018, the only beach in the region to make it on the list. This year’s ranking brought the beach up one spot, topping last year’s number six ranking on the list of America’s top 10 beaches.

Around 50 different things are taken into consideration when coming up with the list, including sand and water quality plus beach management and safety records. In particular, it’s noted that Coast Guard Beach

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cape cod bay target ship

It’s not always visible today, but the Cape Cod Bay Target Ship is somewhat of a unique addition to the waters off Eastham. Officially known as the SS James Longstreet, the ship sits several miles off the coast, in the same spot its sat for well more than a half-century.

Named after a Confederate general, the ship is more commonly called the Target Ship by locals. It gets its nickname, unsurprisingly, from the role it played for the military for decades.

Originally built in the 1940s for carrying cargo, the World War II vessel was soon severely damaged in a storm. With the only other solution of turning the entire ship into scrap, the US Navy soon began using it in a new role as target practice.

That’s a role it held through the early 1970s, often making

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red maple swamp trail at castle hill

It’s been off limits for several years, but a popular boardwalk of the Red Maple Swamp Trail is now open once again, and locals are beginning to take notice. The opening means visitors can now travel across the entire swamp, with a few areas still set to receive some touch-ups later this fall.

Until recently, walkers were only able to go partially into the swamp from Fort Hill Road, with barriers blocking them from crossing to Hemenway Road. Crews closed off the boardwalk because it was badly in need of repairs and had become a safety issue, with some weak posts and boards along the way.

Seashore workers handed the repairs at a substantial savings. Some estimate it could have cost $1.6 million, while local crews were able to do it for around $571,000

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coast guard beach eastham ma

Already a popular beach with locals and visitors, Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is now getting high marks nationally, as well. The local beach was just named to the top ten by Stephen Leatherman, most commonly known by beach goers and vacationers as “Dr. Beach”.

Each year Dr. Beach comes up with his list of the nation’s best beaches, ranking them by dozens of different criteria. For 2017, Coast Guard Beach notably gained the number six spot, the only Cape beach to crack the top ten list, with a majority of the other beaches located in such tourist hotspots as Florida, Hawaii and California.

Coast Guard Beach, of course, is known widely as a premiere swimming beach during the summer season on Cape Cod. Locals and visitors flock to the sand and water during

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Fort Hill Eastham

With spectacular views and a history dating back generations, Fort Hill is a true Eastham adventure, a place where visitors come to take in more than 200 years of Cape Cod history and some sensational, natural views. The entire Fort Hill Rural Historic District consists of about 100 acres, made up of salt marshes, fields and forest.

A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore for decades now, Fort Hill provides some of the very best views of the region and offers a special place in history. The entire district is on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the best ways to see it is by following along on one of the area trails. The Fort Hill Trail, in particular, takes about an hour to complete. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with incredible

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nauset light beach

At one-mile long, Nauset Light Beach remains one of the Outer Cape’s most popular beaches, a long-standing tradition for year-round residents and seasonal visitors to the Cape. With breathtaking scenery and fabulous surfing, the beach is often at the top of the list when it comes to regional destinations.

Found on Ocean View Drive in Eastham, Nauset Light Beach is actually a part of the National Seashore, with large waves ideal for boogie boarding and surfing. While the mile-long beach appears large it is actually small when compared to other seashore-area beaches, located only about a mile to the north of Coast Guard Beach.

Families with older children find it a great location for catching a wave or simply lounging on the clean sand. Visitors also enjoy

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eastham target ship

It never actually served in battle off Cape Cod, yet Eastham’s famed “target ship” is about to get a long-overdue honor for the role it played in military history. The board of selectmen in Eastham recently voted to commemorate the SS Longstreet with a memorial plaque at First Encounter Beach. It’s hoped the plaque will be finished in time for a dedication in February, marking the ship’s 75th year.

Countless dummy bombs and missiles hit the SS Longstreet during a more than quarter century span from the mid 1940s to early 1970s, yet the ship never fired back while stationed off Cape Cod. That’s because the Longstreet wasn’t actually at battle, but rather used as target practice by those at Otis Air Force Base.

Named after Confederate General James

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nauset beach orleans ma

If you’re looking for a great family-friendly beach you’re sure to find in in Cape Cod. The area has some fantastic choices, from small beaches set in protected coves to larger beaches with plenty of room to spread out on a sunny summer day.

Nauset Beach- Orleans

If you ask any local about the best family-friendly beaches on the Cape, you’re sure to get quite a few recommendations for Nauset Beach in Orleans. This family favorite is not only large enough to handle the crowds, but also not far from some fantastic clam shacks and fresh seafood restaurants. If you go for a stroll you may even see some seals out in the water.

Cape Cod National Seashore

If you’re looking for a great place to explore, be sure and head to Cape Cod National Seashore. With a full 40

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nauset light eastham ma

A favorite of residents and visitors alike in Eastham, Nauset Light Beach remains one of the most popular beaches on the Outer Cape. Known for its fantastic surfing and a full mile of sand for lounging, swimming and body surfing, Nauset Light Beach is an ideal location for families, with lifeguards on duty during the peak summer season.

The clean sand and scenic beauty of the beach makes it the perfect location for a day trip or just to capture some incredible photographs. Newly constructed stairs, replacing those destroyed by recent beach erosion, now lead visitors down to the water from the parking lot while a large lookout provides the ideal location for taking in the vast scenery.

Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this saltwater beach also

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