Cape Cod National Seashore | Province Lands

Superintendent’s house

Superintendent's house, Beech Forest, by Nancy Marie Thibeault (1973).

Superintendent’s house, Beech Forest, by Nancy Marie Thibeault (1973).

On the east side of the parking lot at Beech Forest Trail are stone steps that led to the home of Henry and Eva Helmer. He was the superintendent of the Province Lands from the 1940s to the 1960s, when they were under state control. The house was razed years after his death in 1966. The tranquil one-mile trail runs through a variety of natural settings around Blackwater Pond. The comfort station, from 1964, was designed by F. Clifford Pearce Jr. The inviting Lily Pad Dock was built in the mid-1990s. The poet Mary Oliver drew much inspiration from this pond and its environs. If you should find a pencil secreted in the crook of a tree branch, it’s hers.


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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