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Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Workboat of the Marshes

 
 
Workboat of the Marshes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
1. Workboat of the Marshes Marker
Inscription. A remnant from Cape Cod's agriculture past, this 1850-era hay barge was a common sight among the working dories, skiffs, and catboats of the area. Wide and flat-bottomed, it was rowed, poled, and sailed throughout the shallow marshes. Salt marsh hay was gathered from the water's edge for livestock, bedding and feed. Many local residents still remember the taste of salty milk.

After 1900, Cape Codders made the move from cows and plows to summer cottages and tourism, the usefulness of hay barges waned. Luckily, the French Transatlantic Cable Company in Town Cove used this one as a repair vessel for sixty years thus sparing it the fate of others of its kind. Today it is the last remaining hay barge on Cape Cod, perhaps in all New England, and is a reminder of the bustling maritime life of the coastal community.
 
Location. 41° 50.236′ N, 69° 58.336′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Nauset Road. Click for map. Marker is behind the Salt Pond Visitor Center . Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Doane Road, Eastham MA 02642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kettles (a few steps from this marker); Eastham Windmill (approx. half a

Workboat of the Marshes image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
2. Workboat of the Marshes
mile away); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pushed Back by the Sea (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Nauset Lights (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Encounter Monument (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Encounter Plaque (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eastham.
 
Categories. AgricultureWaterways & Vessels
 
Workboat of the Marshes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
3. Workboat of the Marshes Marker
Salt Pond Visitor Center in Cape Cod image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
4. Salt Pond Visitor Center in Cape Cod
Salt Pond behind the Visitor Center in Cape Cod image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
5. Salt Pond behind the Visitor Center in Cape Cod
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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