Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2020

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Page 125 of 147 124 25 Dennis provides a trove of historical gems and culture for summer visitors wanting something deeper than a hole dug at the beach. By Jessica Kennedy I n 18th century Dennis, you were fined if you didn't go to Sunday service. You often saw Reverend Josiah Dennis tending to his general store, or selling his crop tithes to the townspeople. If you were a 19th century Dennis man, you spent your days by the sea, crafting ropes, harvesting salt and hopping on-ship to participate in the maritime trade. If you went out West for work, summer time cued your annual wandering back to Dennis for a "Cape Cod Summer" with your family, and an escape from the Mid-Western heat. Twentieth century Dennis folks might prompt you to pop up a cottage to rent out for sum- mer guests. You heard a train puff along with a wave of tourists, or saw Route 6 expand as cars crammed with summer visitors raced to the beach– a culture familiar to today's Cape-goers. Even though today's churches do not fine and the old railroad became the famous Rail Trail for walkers, visitors can still step into Den- nis's history during their summer stay. Visitor's first taste of Dennis's past might be salty, especially since some of the town's richest history begins with the ocean. Dennis's five villages (Dennis, East Dennis, South Dennis, Dennis Port and West Dennis) were settled on the water by English farmers. South Dennis folks worked out of Bass River, while other townsmen made rope and sails on nameless bodies of water, which are now today's Bass Hole and Sesuit Creek. Sesuit Creek was home to Shiverick Ship Yard, where schooners and clippers were launched to participate in the maritime trade. Townsmen also learned shoal whaling out of Bass Hole, a skill acquired from the Native Looking Into the Past of DENNIS ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE DENNIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY Joshua Dennis Manse c. 1736 Photo credit

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