Delight Cottage Resort
Was there ever a better name for a summer vacation spot by the sea? Delight was one of the earliest tourist-oriented cottage colonies. The developer, Jesse Rogers, modified at least two substantial buildings to create his compound, which stood in piquant counterpoint to the Cape Cod Cold Storage, as shown in Mary Hackett’s painting above.
There were many rocking chairs on the wraparound porches, changing rooms and even a modest plank boardwalk leading into the sea. The name of Rogers and the word “Delight” were carved into the ornamentation of the front porch bays on the house at No. 113. At least three of these decorative elements were apparently salvaged when the house was demolished. Two can now be seen on the beach side of 571 Commercial Street. A third was given in 2011 to the collection of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.