Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2018

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Page 130 of 147 129 "A man may stand there and put all America behind him" Henry David Thoreau. The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s has been protected since 1961, when President Kennedy signed legislation establishing Cape Cod National Seashore. Forty miles of pris- tine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and upland for- ests support diverse species of plants and animals. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and con- tinuing ways of life. Swimming beaches, waterways, and walking and biking trails provide recreational opportunities for today's visitors. When President Kennedy signed legislation au- thorizing the establishment of the National Seashore on August 7, 1961, he mentioned how significant it was to "preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and en- joyment of people all over the United States." The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield editorialized that the bill "…can probably be labeled the finest victory ever recorded for the cause of conservation in New England." "The designation of Cape Cod as a National Seashore by President Kennedy was a gift to all the American people," said Superintendent George Price. Activities are posted on the Cape Cod National Seashore website ( or visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visi- tor Center, 50 Nauset Rd, Eastham. 508-255-3421 Courtesy of National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. President Kennedy signs into law a bill preserving the National Seashore Park, August 7, 1961 Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond, Eastham

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