On the wild back shore of Provincetown Massachusetts writers, artists and families made summer homes in the early 1900’s. Commonly called the dune shacks, some were originally life saving huts but most were constructed in the 1920’s and 1930’s. There is no running water and no electricity. There are kerosene lamps for lighting, wells a walk away for pumping water and propane stoves for cooking. Solitude abounds with the sound of the sea ever present. Inspiration and creativity flows. Literature and the arts flourished in this simple lifestyle, as did the families who have summered for generations here.
The eighteen shacks that remain are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and are designated as The Peaked Hill Bars Historic District.
Eugene O’Neill owned and lived for summers in an old coast guard station in the dunes. Mabel Dodge Luhan, a patron of the arts, held forth in the dunes with Jack Reed who is best remembered for his
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