Don's Works


Don Wilding has been an award-winning newspaper editor, writer, and designer in Massachusetts for 35 years. He is a contributing history columnist and photographer for Cape newspapers, a Cape tour guide, 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


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.




PROVINCETOWN INDEPENDENT: Maurice's -- A Campground for Camaraderie / September 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAPE CODDER: The Shrine of South Beach / Jan. 20, 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: Review of Robert Finch's "The Outer Beach" / June 9, 2017


CAPE CODDER: When Eastham became an island / Feb. 5, 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: Eastham Hiking Club tackles tough terrain / Dec. 4, 2015


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


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


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



© 2020 by Don Wilding.


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