3 Dyer Street

3 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
3 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2008), by David W. Dunlap.Ahab? Arrrgh! Here there lived a whaling captain, one John A. Dunham by name, master of the William A. Grozier, whose leg was bitten off by a shark in the West Indies after he’d fallen overboard from a dory. Captain Dunham (1847-1912) did not even know what had happened until he’d clambered back into the boat. The house remained in the hands of the Dunham family until 2008, when Bradley L. Horner purchased it. The transformation since then — including the reopening of the front porch — has been remarkable, as these before-and-after photos attest. More pictures and history»

5 Dyer Street

5 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
5 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.If you knew Provincetown any time from 1970 to 1992, you knew the name James J. “Jimmy” Meads Sr. (1933-2011). Meads was the chief of police for 22 years and — as the saying goes — he was nobody’s sweetheart. Rather, he was “known for his firm hand in law enforcement,” Mary Ann Bragg wrote in The Cape Cod Times. (“Former Longtime Provincetown Police Chief Dies,” 27 December 2011.) This house, constructed around 1850, was the Meads family home during much of his tenure at the Police Department and into retirement from the force, which he had served since 1960. More pictures and history»

8 Dyer Street

8 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap. 

Logo by Michael Kelly of Padraic.8 Dyer Hotel

Rebecca M. Bickers, a leader of the Order of the Eastern Star fraternal organization in Provincetown (and its chapter head, or Worthy Matron, from 1963 to 1964), bought this house in 1944. The original building had been constructed in the mid-19th century. She lived here with her husband, William Henry Bickers (±1891-1962), an engineer at the Cape Cod Cold Storage and a volunteer fireman who rose to the captaincy of Pumper Company No. 4. The co-author of  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running a Bed and Breakfast (Alpha, 2001), Park H. Davis, acquired this property in 1996. More pictures and history»

9 Dyer Street

9 Dyer Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.Nine Dyer Street Condominium

Amelia Souza Medeiros (1901-1995), a leader in the Provincetown court of the Catholic Daughters of America (later, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas) and a dedicated whist player, lived here for many years. She offered transient accommodations in the 1980s under the name Welcome Corner, a guest house managed by James Newman (b 1947). Her parents were Mary Philomena (Costa) Souza (±1874-1961), a native of São Miguel in the Azores, and Manuel J. Souza (±1869-1953), who worked for Frank A. Days & Sons and had also came to Provincetown from São Miguel. More pictures and history»