9 Miller Hill Road

9 Miller Hill Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

9 Miller Hill Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

9 Miller Hill Road, from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

9 Miller Hill Road, from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

"The Fishwife," by Charles Hawthorne (1925), from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

“The Fishwife,” by Charles Hawthorne (1925), from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Charles Hawthorne built this gambrel-roofed house atop Miller Hill in the early 1900s and lived here with his wife, the painter Marion Campbell Hawthorne, and their son, Joseph “Jo” Hawthorne, an accomplished conductor and the founder, in 1955, of the Provincetown Symphony Orchestra. The tenant in 1950 was Norman Mailer, who was later to describe a wind up here that “slashed through open doors, tempted shutters loose from their catch and banged them through the night, vibrated every small pane in every Cape Cod window,” J. Michael Lennon recounted in Norman Mailer: A Double Life. Jo Hawthorne sold the house to Nicholas and Ray Wells.


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