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September, 2011 

Welcome to the September newsletter. On the heels of tropical storm Irene, we are grateful to enjoy one of the most beautiful months at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Join us for Friends' fall activities, as the 50th Anniversary events continue.


Old Harbor shot

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station


As part of the National Seashore's  50th anniversary, a rededication event will be held at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at Race Point Beach, Provincetown, on Sunday, September 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Senator Dan Wolf and Rep. Sarah Peake will both be attending!  Browse through the newly refurbished historic building from 1 to 1:30 p.m., with remarks and recognition of donors at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Friends has had a large part in furnishing the interior of the building, raising some $109,000 to date to restore its 1900 appearance, so that visitors can more fully understand how the building functioned and how the men of the US Lifesaving Service lived.  This event is a great time for visitors to see the stoves, beds, tables and chairs, books, lamps, and more that have been recently installed.


Surf boat
An original surf boat


A surfboat wagon, used to transport the large surfboat to the water's edge, is being especially constructed for Old Harbor by the North Carolina Maritime Museum.  All these additions will give visitors a true sense of a bygone era.  Old Harbor is the last intact station of the original 13 built on Cape Cod.


Old Harbor is open this fall from 2 to 4 p.m. daily in September, and on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in October. Park rangers and volunteers are on hand to show you around.


Nauset Light

Nauset Light



In 2010 approximately 170,000 volunteers participated in the annual National Public Lands Day  nation-wide at more than 2,000 sites, contributing, in effect, more than $15 million in improvements to public lands.


Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. to noon, is the date for this year's event at Cape Cod National Seashore. Friends of CCNS has participated with park staff in this annual event for many years. We invite you to join us in this group project - helping to maintain the national seashore, all the while enjoying a magnificent autumn morning at the park.


There will be two work projects this year at Nauset Light in Eastham and Old Harbor in Provincetown.

  • Nauset Light: help repair trails and walkways around the site, adding new gravel and replacing steps leading to the lighthouse.
  • Old Harbor: clean up trash and debris in the area around the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at Race Point.

To sign up to help, and for more details, contact volunteer@fccns.org, indicating which project you prefer. Remember to bring work gloves, water, and sunscreen. CCNS and Friends will provide tools needed. JOIN US!


Biddle Property  


 Friends Sustainers' Event

In the planning stage for October is a Sustainers/Patrons event, a tour of the Biddle Property on Wellfleet's Bound Brook Island, recently acquired by the CCNS through The Trust for Public Land. The 10-acre parcel consists of four antique homes, dating from approximately 1690 to 1850. 

The oldest of the houses was likely used in whale processing, a link to Wellfleet's fishing, whaling and oyster harvesting roots prior to the town's incorporation in 1743. Lorenzo Dow Baker -- known as the Banana King -- a nineteenth-century merchant who founded United Fruit Company, was born on the property. Among the more recent former owners was Judge Francis Biddle, who served as U.S. Attorney General during World War II and was the primary judge during the post-war Nuremburg Trials, and his wife, poet Katherine Garrison Chapin Biddle.

"We are thrilled to see our beloved family retreat pass into the caring, imaginative hands of the CCNS and Park Service," said Judge Biddle's grandson Stephen Biddle. "The past is again preserved."

Sustainers and Partners will receive invitations once a date for the tour is set. Stay tuned!