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August 11, 2015

Brewster; est., 1803

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 12:26 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cool, raw foggy, rainy island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this wet and wild Tuesday morning here at the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s)–the 11th day of August, 2015–and this reporter sincerely hopes you and yours are having a good one out there in this brave new world of OURS!

Taking a break from all the ‘fun facts‘ regarding our turbulent world, it is once again time for another installment of “Better Know Your Cape Town or Island”–not to be confused with Stephen Colbert’s old bit on that wonderful “Colbert Report”, “Better Know Your District” (good luck with the new show!), a series of ’serious’ interviews with mostly members of the U.S. Congress, indeed making most look like the puppets they truly ARE. No, this is simply an attempt to send a ‘message in a bottle’ as it were regarding the history of a little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age. Truly the birthplace of this little experiment called democracy with that little letter ‘d’ so many people over the centuries have sacrificed so much for, many dying in the process, dying in order to preserve.  This mere mentioning are for those visionaries, those heroes, those soldiers, those brave souls who forged this great nation of ours we take for granted today.  A country that has lost it’s way and that seems as if it is on the precipice of being completely taken over by the Robber Barons of our ‘time’…

Today’s 8th installment of this 25 part series is the town of Brewster, first settled in 1656, and way, way, way back then, was considered the northern, more wealthy parish of the town of Harwich. It eventually was incorporated into a town by 1803.  Named in honor of Elder William Brewster (first religious leader of the Pilgrims of Plymouth County), the towns’ history grew with the advent of the first grist and woolen mill founded in the late 17th century.  A big tourist attraction today as it is still in operation.  The town was inhabited by many rich sea captains, hence all of the stately homes and mansions scattered about the fairly large land mass that is Brewster, with Cape Cod Bay to the north, the town of Dennis to the west, Orleans to the east and Harwich to the south.  Most of these homes have been converted into bed and breakfasts and inns flocked to every summer by tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world.  Notable are the Crosby Mansion and the Captain Freeman Inn on Breakwater Road.

The town has several beaches that bring one out onto the vast tidal sand flats–perfect for cooling off on a hot day as the bay stays much cooler than Nantucket Sound to the south–but also offers Cape Cod’s largest fresh water pond, Long Pond, as well as plenty of wood, with Roland C. Nickerson State Forest Park right up the road, by far the largest state forest on Cape Cod.  One can also take in a ball game with the “Brewster Whitecaps” playing for free all summer long, another team in the Cape Cod Baseball League that has been home to many Major League ball players over the years, such as Tony Gwynn, a great hitter from the San Diego Padres, a Hall of Fame player who liked the Cape League so much his son Tony Gwynn Jr. also joined the ranks, along with so many other talented athletes.  Indeed, there is nothing quite like taking in a game on a beautiful summer evening with friends and family…

Have a great day folks and thanks for tuning into Sea Cape Cod!


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