610 Commercial Street

610 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

610 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Capt. Alfred Atkins Mayo, from David Mayo.

Capt. Alfred Atkins Mayo, from David Mayo.

"Margaret Mayo Expecting Motherhood," by Henry Hensche.

“Margaret Mayo Expecting Motherhood,” by Henry Hensche.

Talk about back yards! This house is on a “great lot” ran to the ocean until it was truncated by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Capt. Alfred Atkins Mayo (pictured) gave this house to his cousin, Herbert Mayo, upon his wedding to Margaret Adelaide Williams (pictured). They were proprietors of the East Harbour cottage colony in North Truro. After Herbert died, she began a second life, working at the Pilgrim Monument, swimming daily, and traveling to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Nearly 101, she died in the same front room where she had waked two babies and given birth to David Lothrop Mayo. The property is still owned by the family.


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