First known as Nauset, Eastham once reached across the eastern half of Cape Cod from Bass River to the tip of what is now Provincetown. The area was home to the Nauset tribe for thousands of years before exploration by Champlain and the Pilgrims, and it is now known as the "Gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore." Whether it's the U.S. Life-Saving Service and its shipwreck rescues, Cape Cod's oldest windmill or tales of sea captains and rumrunners, Eastham is truly rich in history and tradition. Author Don Wilding wanders back in time through the Outer Cape's back roads, sand dunes and solitary beaches to uncover Eastham's fascinating past.
About the Author
Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures and the written word. An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for thirty years, Don contributes the "Shore Lore" history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans and is the author of the book Henry Beston's Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore. His Cape Cod history lectures are a popular draw on Cape Cod and across Massachusetts. Don is a co-founder of the Beston Society and is on the board of directors for the Eastham Historical Society. He lives with his wife, Nita, in Northbridge, Massachusetts, and on Cape Cod.