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Cape Cod National Seashore to Present - The Allure of the Dune Shacks

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Date: July 26, 2012
Contact: Jody Anastasio, District Interpreter, 508-487-1256

Explore the rich cultural landscape history hidden along the backshore of Provincetown and Truro in a free one-hour presentation about the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District.

On Wednesday, August 1st, at 7:00 PM, Margie Coffin-Brown of the National Park Service's Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation, and Cape Cod National Seashore Historian Bill Burke will discuss the significant landscape features that define this district, including changing vegetation, shifting sand dunes, sand roads, the shacks themselves, remnants of other structures, small-scale features, key viewsheds and examples of evolving land use over time. This in-depth look will illustrate the fascinating history of the interplay between the physical development of the landscape and life in the dune shacks. Coffin-Brown and Burke will discuss the recently released cultural landscape report about the area, sharing insights about the significance of the dune shack district and the challenges ahead for preserving the landscape character amidst the severe climate of the backshore while maintaining public access and use. The program is free, accessible, and open to the public.

IF YOU GO: The Province Lands Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 PM. Staff members are available to answer questions, assist with planning activities, and provide hiking and bicycling trail information. The visitor center features exhibits on the Outer Cape's natural and cultural resources, orientation films, and a bookstore with interpretive items for sale, such as books, maps, games and puzzles. The 360-degree rooftop observation deck provides views of the surrounding dunes and sea. A listing of all of the National Seashore's programs is available at the two seashore visitor centers, or on-line at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

dune shack in the Province Lands

The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Seashore was designated in 1989 as a special place in the dunes within Cape Cod National Seashore. Dune shack living emerged in the early 20th century and was based in cottages built by coastguardsmen stationed at nearby stations.