† 237 Commercial Street

The site of Whaler’s Wharf has drawn visitors for more than a century. Even before the Provincetown Theater was built, the Hopkins Candy Kitchen attracted happy crowds. In a hard-working town, any luxury that could be purchased for 11 cents a pound — the price for handmade molasses “chewing kisses” — must have been welcome. Charles S. Hopkins was born in Provincetown in 1858. By and by, he moved his store and his home to No. 237. “He there dispensed courtesy and honest dealings, together with his sweets, winning the good opinion of all his customers,” The Advocate said upon his death in 1917. Within two years, the humble Candy Kitchen was replaced by the imposing Provincetown Theater.

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