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coast guard beach - eastham ma

If you’re looking for one of the best beaches in the nation, you’ll find it in Eastham. Dr Beach recently named Coast Guard Beach number 10 when considering some of the very best beaches all across the United States.

It’s the only New England beach to make it on the list this year, and one of just two locations in the Northeast. The widely-touted list considers 50 different criteria to come up with each ranking, with cleanliness and safety the top categories.

Dr Beach looked at things like water temperature and air temperature, sand softness, a location’s safety records and the rip current. The ranking also considers the size and number of waves, the shape of the beach itself, area pests and wildlife, trash, amenities and noise.

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three sisters lights - eastham ma

Cape Cod is full of history, and much of it is tied to the region’s maritime past. The Three Sisters Lighthouses are, of course, a big part of the region’s esteemed history.

These days, the Three Sisters sit far from the ocean, but their story actually began almost 200 years ago. That’s when the Town of Eastham first pushed for a beacon to help protect against shipwrecks.

Instead of just one lighthouse, area leaders came up with a plan for three. It’s said they wanted three of them to help those at sea differentiate between the twin lights of Chatham and the single Highland Light in Truro.

A local builder put in the lowest bid to design the 15-foot brick structures. It didn’t take long for the towers to gain the nickname of “Three Sisters”.

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cape cod rail trail

If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best scenery on the Cape, one way to do it is to hop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Running from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, the trail follows an old railroad right-of-way.

At 25.5 miles long, the paved trail is relatively flat, well-marked, and is said to be a great experience for those of all ages and experience. Bicyclists, walkers, runners and even horseback riders can use the trail.

To understand the history of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, though, you need to step back in time. During the 1800s it was extremely difficult to reach Cape Cod. That began to change when railroad tracks connected up Boston to Provincetown, leading visitors from places like Boston, New York and Connecticut to the Cape.

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fort hill - eastham ma

For some of the best views overlooking Cape Cod, Fort Hill is a great place for visitors and locals alike. Now part of the National Seashore, the location provides the opportunity to walk through open fields and forests.

In a nod to its past, the entire Fort Hill Rural Historic District has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Hill dates back to the time the Pilgrims first settled in the area in the mid 1600s.

Likely used as a way to defend themselves from possible threats, scholars suspect Fort Hill was probably part of the plan to help protect an adjacent Pilgrim meetinghouse from the threats imposed by other European settlers. While the origin of it name is up for debate, other high points in settlements along the eastern

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thumpertown beach - eastham ma

It’s surely a name you won’t forget, but Thumpertown traces its roots to an entirely spiritual beginning. It’s said the name Thumpertown in North Eastham originated with the old-time revival meetings once held in the area.

In the mid 1800s, a 10-acre lot in North Eastham played host to some spirited Methodist revival meetings on the beach. The “thumping” and hollering of those visitors, in turn, lead to the coining of Thumpertown.

Some of the largest revivals drew in thousands of people and well more than 100 ministers to the area. Worshippers came from Cape Cod, and as far away as Boston.

Many of them erected tents at the site, all drawn to the area for a similar purpose. To this day, the old Thumpertown namesake still marks a road in North

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coast guard beach - eastham ma

Coast Guard Beach is once again ranked as one of the best. The beach recently took the number six spot when it comes to the annual list of the best beaches in the country, compliments of Dr. Beach. Last year Coast Guard Beach sat in the number five spot.

Not only is the beach special for its unique attributes, but it’s also the only New England beach to grab a spot on the list this year. Beaches are ranked in terms of everything from water temperature and cleanliness to safety and the softness of the sand.

In fact, 50 different criteria are taken into consideration. The professor behind the ranking system has been coming out with the list for decades, with his selections based on personal visits and federal data collected by the EPA.

As for

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sunset in truro ma at high head beach - cape cod national seashore

With plenty to see and experience, the summer season is the ideal time of year to enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s the place of beaches, woods and ponds, with all of it stretching along Cape Cod’s eastern shore.

In fact, the Cape Cod National Seashore exists within the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. With that in mind, it’s no surprise then that the Cape Cod National Seashore includes around a half-dozen beaches.

This includes Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Head of the Meadow in Truro, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, plus both Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Despite some current limitations due to nesting piper plovers and some limited off-roading options,

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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

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