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

Provincetown

 
 
Provincetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
1. Provincetown Marker
Inscription. On November 20, 1620 the Pilgrims dropped the Mayflower’s anchor for the first time in the new world- not at Plymouth where they later settled, but in the harbor ahead. Just off the shores of today’s Provincetown they drafted and signed a pioneering document of democratic government, the “Mayflower Compact.”

Incorporated in 1727, Provincetown developed into an important fishing and whaling center in the 1780’s. Fish processing and salt-making, contributed to the economy. In this century, Provincetown serves primarily as a resort and center for the arts.

The Pilgrim Monument has been Provincetown’s most prominent landmark since 1910. At 253 feet (77 meters), it is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. The tower and the associated museum are open daily.

Provincetown had the Cape’s largest fishing fleet. In the 1840’s cod, mackerel, haddock, and halibut brought prosperity.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore.
 
Location. 42° 4.449′ N, 70° 12.315′ W. Marker is in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Race Point Road. Touch for map. The marker is on an outside deck of the Race Point Visitors Center. Marker is
A view toward the Pilgrim Monument image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
2. A view toward the Pilgrim Monument
at or near this postal address: 171 Race Point Road, Provincetown MA 02657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. H.M.S. Somerset (here, next to this marker); The First Landing Place of the Pilgrims, Nov. 11, 1620, O.S. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Provincetown. (Submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Pilgrim Monument. (Submitted on December 18, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
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 65 times since then. 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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