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

Truro Highlands Historic District

 
 
Truro Highlands Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
1. Truro Highlands Historic District Marker
Inscription.  

I have a room all to myself it is Nature.
Henry David Thoreau

The land comprising the Truro Highlands District included an early 1700s farm owned by the Small family, with a windmill for grinding grain. The family sold ten acres to the federal government in 1796, and on this land, Cape Cod’s first lighthouse was built.
Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau of Concord, MA was as early Cape Cod tourist. He stayed with the Small family twice in the 1850s. Others followed him as tourism boomed. Resorts sprung up all over New England in the late 1800s. The Smalls joined the trend and developed one of the larger resorts on the Cape. A water tower replaced the windmill. Seasonal guest amusements included the first golf links on the Cape, constructed in 1892, a bowling alley, a roller skating rink, and a ball field.
Today, the Truro Highlands Historic District is part of Cape Cod National Seashore. Highland Light, the Highland Links Golf Course, and the Holland House Museum are maintained and operated by national seashore partners.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 42° 2.307′ N, 70° 3.861′ W. Marker is in Truro, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection of Highland Light Rd and S Highland Rd, on the left when traveling east on Highland Light Rd. Located in front of the Highland House Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Highland Light Rd, Truro MA 02666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Highland House (a few steps from this marker); The Steamship Portland (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Here Today Gone Tomorrow (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sixteen Pilgrims (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ralph S. Barnaby (approx. 2.7 miles away); MacMillan Wharf (approx. 6.3 miles away); #286 Commercial St. (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truro.
 
Also see . . .  Truro Historical Society. (Submitted on October 26, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Truro Highlands Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
2. Truro Highlands Historic District Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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