A Brief History of Eastham

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First known as Nauset, Eastham 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. Lifesaving 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. In his new book from The History Press, Don Wilding wanders back in time through the Outer Cape’s back roads, sand dunes and solitary beaches to uncover Eastham’s fascinating past.

Henry Beston's Cape Cod

Since 1928, Henry Beston's The Outermost House has been THE definitive book about Cape Cod. Don Wilding tells the story behind Beston's nature classic. Published by the Henry Beston Society.

 

Learn about:

 

  • How The Outermost House inspired legislators in Washington to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore;

  • How Henry Beston's trail to Cape Cod began at the Battle of Verdun in France during World War I;

  • The influence that Henry Beston and The Outermost House had on Rachel Carson, other nature writers, and the American environmental movement;

  • The Cape Cod stories that you won't find in The Outermost House;

  • The winter hurricane that claimed Beston's house in 1978.

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Don Wilding … calls himself a storyteller, but he is also somewhat of a scholar. He’s a very dynamic man who pulls you into the stories of Cape Cod.
Rhoda Flaxman, Retired Professor of Literature, Brown University; and Founder, Open University of Wellfleet 

 

(Don Wilding’s) history pieces … are among The Cape Codder (newspaper’s) high points.

New England Newspaper & Press Association, 2019

 

You’re continuing to tell these stories, and as we’re losing our heroes of the old Cape, you’re maintaining that. Everyone should keep an eye on where you are and what you’re speaking about in your different engagements.

Robby McQueeney ("The Dune Tramp"), WOMR-FM, Provincetown

 

(Don Wilding’s) heart and writing pad are firmly entrenched in the dunes of the Outer Cape.

The Cape Cod Voice

 

© 2019 by Don Wilding.

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Don has presented his programs to a wide variety of audiences since 2001, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Boston Public Library, the Thoreau Society, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the Eastham Historical Society, and the Thornton Burgess Society, as well as classes from the Orleans Elementary School, Captain Nathan Hill Middle School (Coventry, Conn.), Tahanto Regional High School (Boylston, Mass.), Chatham High School on Cape Cod, Penn State University, Emerson College,