August 2014, Cape Cod

the cape

sandwich  (sonya kovacic)

sandwich (sonya kovacic)

If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air,
quaint little villages here and there,
you're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod.

If you like the taste of a lobster stew
served by a window with an ocean view,
you're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod.

Winding roads that seem to beckon you.
Miles of green beneath the skies of blue.
Church bells chimin' on a sunday morn
remind you of the town where you were born.

If you spend an evening you'll want to stay,
watching the moonlight on Old Cape Cod bay.
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod.

You're sure to fall in love, in love, in love.
You're sure to fall in love, in love,
with Old Cape Cod, Old Cape Cod.

 

— Patti Page's 1957 single Old Cape Cod  — the cape's "unofficial anthem".


The cape is a vacationer's paradise, but it's also known as an "ocean graveyard". Thousands of ships have wrecked on its shore since the 17th century, including the Sparrow-Hawk, a vessel dating back to 1626.

The Sparrow-Hawk was lost at sea for two centuries, until being recovered off the coast of Orleans. It's now in the Pilgrim Hall Museum's permanent collection — and remains the only surviving 17th century trans-atlantic vessel in existence.