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

The Outermost House

 
 
The Outermost House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
1. The Outermost House Marker
Inscription. Author and naturalist Henry Beston came to this shore in September 1927. On the dunes about a mile and a half to your right he built a cottage with two rooms and a fireplace. Here he lived a solitary year in the company of the ocean. His nearest neighbors were the Coast Guardsmen on the hill behind you.

As the seasons unfolded, Beston recorded his encounters with the waves, the winds, and the wild creatures of the beach and dunes. The resulting book, “The Outermost House,” has become a classic chronicle of the rhythms of nature on the outer Cape. Even today Bestonís descriptions seem as enduring as the elements.

Bestonís small cottage stood on one of the easternmost reaches of land in the United States, and was located at the end of Nauset Spit, hence the title, “The Outermost House.”
In 1964 it was named a National Literary Landmark. The house was washed away by storm tides in 1978.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore.
 
Location. 41° 50.61′ N, 69° 56.827′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Ocean View Drive. Touch for map. The marker is located at the end of a short path between the two buildings of the
Nauset Spit.<br> Bestonís house was on the outer dune at the extreme left. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
2. Nauset Spit.
Bestonís house was on the outer dune at the extreme left.
former Nauset Coast Guard Station. The path starts at the parking lot in front of the buildings. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Ocean View Drive, 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. The Life Savers (here, next to this marker); Changing Beach (a few steps from this marker); Doane Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pushed Back by the Sea (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Nauset Lights (approx. 1.2 miles away); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. 1.2 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Outermost House. (Submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Henry Beston. (Submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Henry Beston Society. (Submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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