Don's Works

 

Don Wilding is a co-founder of the nonprofit Henry Beston Society of Cape Cod. He was recognized by Cape Cod Magazine as one of its "12 Local People to Watch in 2015." An award-winning newspaper editor, writer, and designer in Massachusetts for 30 years, Don is now a contributing history columnist and photographer for newspapers on the Cape, and a regular speaker on Cape Cod lore in Massachusetts and across New England.

A Brief History of Eastham:
On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod

ISBN: 9781625859044

First known as Nauset, Eastham was once 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.

Henry Beston's Cape Cod

ISBN-9780989316309

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.

 

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.

 

Proceeds from the sales of Henry Beston's Cape Cod benefit the Henry Beston Society of Cape Cod, a nonprofit organization.

Articles

 

CAPE COD LIFE: Cape Cod Rum Runners: Living on the Edge of the Law / July 2019

CAPE CODDER: Remembering the "Mayor of West Eastham", Noel Beyle / Sept. 22, 2017

CAPE CODDER: A look back at the 1932 Solar Eclipse on the Outer Cape / Aug. 18, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Monument lights to honor Pilgrims / Nov. 17, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Exploring Monomoyick to rediscover lost way of life / Oct. 23, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Saving the Stranded: Cape volunteers on rescue mission for turtles / Nov. 4, 2005

 

CAPE CODDER: Blue moon rising on Cape Cod / July 29, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: The Wreck of the Montclair / March 4, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Waterside Walkabout: McGrath conquers Cape's perimeter, hosts exhibit / March 4, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: The Lineage of the Fulcher Family / March 18, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Underneath Stellwagen Bank / April 1, 2016

 

PROVINCETOWN BANNER: Whales take "right" turn in Cape Cod Bay / April 7, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: The Truro Trekker: Farley conquers Appalachian Trail / April 8, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Cape panel to tackle "Acid Ocean" / April 8, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Edward Hopper captured Eastham, too / April 15, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Chapel endures in Eastham / April 29, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Accolades for Eastham's Knowles Doane House / May 13, 2016

CAPE CODDER: The Beachcomber's bygone era / May 27, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Historian to explore Cape's legendary shipwrecks / June 10, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Probing the briny depths for Andrea Doria / June 17, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Walking through history in Orleans / June 24, 2016

CAPE CODDER: A Sparrow Hawk survivor comes to life / July 1, 2016

CAPE CODDER: NPS Milestone: Exploring the National Seashore's watery roots / July 1, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Orleans and its French connection / July 8, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Museum lecture is all about wampum / July 15, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Tools of the lifesaving trade / July 22, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Three incarnations for Highland Light / July 29, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Cape Cod's Patriot Days / Aug. 5, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Bob called on Cape Cod 25 years ago / Aug. 12, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Life along the estuaries / Aug. 19, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Witness to disaster at Krakatoa / Aug. 26, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Party time in Eastham / Sept. 2, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Kudos to Eastham's McDonald / Sept. 9, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Rose Kennedy in spotlight at JFK Museum / Sept. 16, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Tales of the rum runners / Sept. 16, 2016

PROVINCETOWN BANNER: Outermost Birding with Beston / Sept. 22, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Shipwreck on Peaked Hill Bars / Sept. 23, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Ghostly tales in Brewster / Sept. 30, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Music of the war years / Oct. 7, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Elementary school to recreate move to present location / Oct. 14, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Recalling 'The Perfect Storm' / Oct. 28, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Tales of the Eastham turnip / Nov. 11, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Beston biography worth the wait / Nov. 25, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Cutter caused chaos at Cape tip / Dec. 9, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Eastham's Owens still stands tall / Dec. 23, 2016

CAPE CODDER: Journeys of the "Three Sisters" / Jan. 6, 2017

CAPE CODDER: The Shrine of South Beach / Jan. 20, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Recalling the Blizzard of '78 at Nauset Light / Feb. 3, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Bernie Collins and the Castagna Rescue / Feb. 17, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Return to the Montclair / March 3, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Riding the Rails in Chatham / March 31, 2017

CAPE CODDER: A day for wireless hero Jack Binns / April 28, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Charley Paine: Marconi's messenger / May 11, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Retrospective celebrates work of "Town Artist" Vernon Smith / May 26, 2017

CAPE CODDER: World War II shutdown for French Cable Station / June 9, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Review of Robert Finch's "The Outer Beach" / June 9, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Beached freighter leads to business boon / June 23, 2017

CAPE CODDER: Peaked Hill's "hero tried and true" / July 21, 2017

 

CAPE CODDER: Jesse Rivenback's premonition of doom / Feb. 19, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: When Eastham became an island / Feb. 5, 2016

 

PROVINCETOWN BANNER: Whydah diver finds adventure fathoms below / Jan. 28, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: The "Other" Blizzard of '78 / Jan. 22, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: Who was Sumner Kimball? / Jan. 8, 2016

 

CAPE CODDER: History and legend come together in graveyard tour / Sept. 3, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Dill Beach Camp from a Bygone Era / June 26, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Grande Dames of the Dunes / Sept. 10, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: A look back at the Portland Gale / Nov. 14, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Eastham Hiking Club tackles tough terrain / Dec. 4, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Edouard, king of the bridge backups / Aug. 21, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: High stakes at Fort Hill in 1961 / Aug. 14, 2015

 

PROVINCETOWN BANNER: Messing about in Provincetown houseboats / Aug. 6, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: On the lookout for shipwrecks in Orleans / Aug. 7, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: When the railroad was king in Orleans / July 30, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: A "New Deal" for an old station / July 23, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Nauset's unforgettable flotsam / May 29, 2015

 

CAPE CODDER: Surfmen "well worthy of aid" / May 1, 2015

 

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE: History of Wellfleet: By land, sea ... and screen / Aug. 7, 2013

 

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE: Cape League at the Cape tip / June 12, 2013

PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE: A bridge to Provincetown / May 8, 2013

 

BARNSTABLE PATRIOT / SUMMERSCAPE: Dune Shacks: Temples rise on the dunes / Summer 2004

 

CAPE CODDER: Let there be light: Provincetown celebrates
20 years of Pilgrim Monument illumination / Nov. 18, 2005

 

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE 2003 ACTIVITY GUIDE: The Outermost House endures after 75 years

"BECOMING PART OF A LANDSCAPE": Don speaks at the National Literary Landmark dedication for Henry Beston's "Chimney Farm" in Nobleboro, Maine / June 21, 2009

 

 

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