One of the four original settlements on Cape Cod, Eastham, Massachusetts remains relatively undiscovered.
At First Encounter Beach in Eastham in 1620, a Pilgrim troupe led by Myles Standish met Nauset Native Americans for the first time. Today’s visitors take Samoset Road to the same spot, imagining what may have transpired during this legendary first meeting between Pilgrims and Native Americans; go during the early evening hours to be rewarded with a truly dazzling sunset over Cape Cod Bay.
The windmill which graces town—the Cape’s oldest—was built in Plymouth in 1688, re-built in Truro and ultimately moved to its present location in 1808. Each fall, it serves as the centerpiece to the town's Eastham Windmill Weekend tradition.
Today’s Eastham—a compact town three miles wide from bay to ocean and six miles long—comprises Eastham and North Eastham. Along the Atlantic coast, Nauset Light and Coast Guard Beaches dominate Eastham’s shoreline. Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitors’ Center, just off Route 6 at Salt Pond, welcomes nearly 4 million visitors annually, preparing them for what they will experience once inside the Seashore—superb beaches, great dunes, swamps and marshes, wetlands, grasslands and a tremendous diversity of flora and fauna.
Author Henry Beston perhaps best described the beauty and pageantry of Eastham, where he lived for one year, in his renowned book The Outermost House.
Find more information on Eastham through the Eastham Chamber of Commerce.
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