Cape Cod National Seashore | Province Lands

Smallpox Cemetery

Smallpox Cemetery, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Smallpox Cemetery, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

The most touching place in the Province Lands is the Smallpox Cemetery, not far east of Bound F, through lowlands around Duck Pond. (Best advice: bring garden shears for the catbrier.) This is the vicinity of the Pest House, built around 1848 to contain and isolate smallpox victims. At the burial ground were 14 headstones, numbered but nameless. At least four survive. Provincetown Massachusetts Cemetery Inscriptions, by Lurana Higgins Cook, Hugh Francis Cook, Anne Gleason MacIntyre and John Stuart MacIntyre, tentatively identified the burials. The story of the man under No. 6 speaks eloquently and sadly to the hardships of the time. Antone Domingo was an Azorean mariner. He died in 1872. He was already a widower. And he was only 22.


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