466 Commercial Street

466 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

466 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Eddie Ritter, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Eddie Ritter, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Whether you’ve read her or not, your perspective of town was shaped by Mary Heaton Vorse, the author of Time and the Town, whose house this was from 1907 until her death in 1966. (She called it the Kibbe Cook house, after a whaling captain who lived here). Ardent progressivist, champion of labor, and midwife to the Provincetown Players, Vorse depicted the town with the skill of a W.P.A. muralist. She imbued her characters — Portuguese, Yankee or washashore; fisherman, homemaker or playwright — with proletarian nobility and endearing eccentricities. Her children, Heaton and Mary Ellen Vorse, were also writers. Mary Ellen’s son, John Richard Vorse “Butch” Beauchamp, owned this property until his death in 2013. It is home to the dory fisherman Eddie Ritter, whose bright orange boat is named for Eddie Hoernig of the ill-fated F/V Cap’n Bill.


More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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