Atwood 08 BOOK 033-6

(August 2009)

When you spot a white-on-blue plaque of a house aboard a scow — as there is on this lovely three-quarter Cape — you’re in the presence of a building that was floated over from Long Point, an early 19th-century settlement on the thin finger of land separating Cape Cod Bay from Provincetown Harbor. By the late 1860s, as the near-shore fishery grew depleted, the settlement had to be abandoned. Almost 40 structures were salvaged, however, and floated over to town as the plaque suggests, including this one and two nearby, at 10 and 12 Atwood. — From Building Provincetown (2015).

This was the summer home from 1958 to 1983 of the family of Aaron Shaw, a retired New York City school teacher and administrator. It’s been owned since 2005 by Meryl A. Allison and Elisa E. Burns of Bedford, N.Y., who have taken great care of it. The house occupies a fork in the road where Atwood Avenue bends off to the left and Atwood Avenue bends off to the right. (Not unlike the corner of Waverly Place and Waverly Place in Manhattan.)

¶ Last updated on 6 June 2016.


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