Cape Cod National Seashore | Race Point

Race Point settlement

Race Point, by R. Smith (1900), courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Race Point, by R. Smith (1900), courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Race Point on "A Map of the Extremity of Cape Cod "(1835), courtesy of John Dowd.

Race Point on “A Map of the Extremity of Cape Cod “(1835), courtesy of John Dowd.

A fishing community developed on the bay side of Race Point; small but substantial enough to warrant its own school district in 1835, by which time Race Point had a dozen or more fishermen’s and pilots’ huts, as well as the salt works of Elisha Dyer and Nathaniel Covill. It was, however, separated from the Cape Cod mainland by Hatches Harbor and the long Race Run, a body of water that made the point hard to reach until the construction of a bridge in 1839. At least one Race Point cottage, Wild Goose, seems to have survived in town, at 14 Schueler Boulevard. There must surely be others.


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