A history lesson at the lighthouse

Many of you know that I spend several months a year at our home on Cape Cod. We are lucky enough to have inherited the cottage where my in-laws lived year-round for 40 years. Thanks to modern technology, I'm able to work remotely from Cape Cod, and spend my free time outside at some of the most beautiful places I’ve seen.

Cape Cod, in addition to its natural beauty, is rich with history. I volunteer as a tour guide at three historic properties: Nauset Light, built in 1877; the Three Sisters triple lighthouses, built in 1892; and the Captain Edward Penniman House, built by a whaling captain in 1868. I love learning about the history of these landmarks and the people who built and cared for them, and then telling the stories to others.

Nauset Light is operated by the Nauset Light Preservation Society, a group of volunteers who interpret and maintain the light (and move it back from the edge when erosion inevitably takes the land). We received a generous memorial donation, which we have used to fabricate and install a “wayside” exhibit, telling Nauset Light’s story when volunteers are not on site. I wrote the copy and designed the exhibit — using strict guidelines from the National Park Service, who is the owner of Nauset Light — and tracked down historic photos from the National Archive and the local historical society.

Today, the first of two wayside exhibits was installed. I was not there to help, but I can’t wait to see it next time I visit the Cape. There’s an image of the sign on my Portfolio > More page.