38 Nelson Avenue

38 Nelson Avenue, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
Peaked Hill Trust logo.Nelson Avenue is just about as close as you can get to the Cape Cod National Seashore while still living in Provincetown and so it seems fitting that two of the people most closely identified with the Peaked Hill Trust and the long fight to preserve and maintain the dune shacks — William S. “Bill” Fitts (b 1936) and Harriet (Walker) “Hatty” Fitts (b 1940) — should occupy a home here; a large home, at that, into which several dune shacks might comfortably fit. (Or, perhaps, not so comfortably.) They have owned this property since 1971 and built [?] their house in 1974.

Hatty Fitts can trace her family’s presence on the Back Shore almost a century. Her grandparents, the musician Harvey Bartlett Gaul (1881-1945) and the writer Harriette Lester (Avery) Gaul (b 1886), began traveling to Provincetown in 1917, she told Robert J. Wolfe for his 2005 report, Dwelling in the Dunes: Traditional Use of the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, Cape Cod (Chapter 3). When Eugene O’Neill moved into the Peaked Hill Bars Life-Saving Station in 1919, she said, her grandparents “would trek out and visit with him.” Her mother, Ione Gaul Walker (1914-1987), would visit Coast Guardsmen at Peaked Hill whom she’d befriended in the East End. Fitts said she had begun visiting the dunes in 1943 as a youngster. Bill Fitts, an artist and carpenter, oversaw the reconstruction of the Malkin-Jackson Shack after it burned down in 1990.

Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-17

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