Monday, December 29, 2008

Cape Cod & Islands Views: A Photo Journal

Cover for my latest book. There will be a signing December 13 from 1pm to 3pm at the Yellow Umbrella Books in downtown Chatham or order your copy online here.

Mill Creek Pier Information Sought

Good Day:

My name is Matt Hart and I grew up in So. Chatham, MA.

Because I lived on Forest Beach Road I frequently went to Forest Beach which is at the end of the road on the Nantucket Sound side of Chatham. As a youngster I remember seeing a long wooden jetty with a large group of mooring posts at the end on the west side of the river that comes out of Taylors Pond, into Mill Creek and then into Nantucket Sound for over 100 yards from the beach. There are still about 100 plus yards of large granite boulders carefully placed to create a strong jetty that still can still be seen on that same side of the river that were connected to the former wooden jetty stretching in a northeasterly direction from the large post in Nantucket Sound well into the entrance of the marsh and salt pond area before the river continues to Taylors Pond. (There is a separate, much smaller river to the east that flows out of the Marsh and separates Cockle Cove Beach)

I heard many stories as a child about the harbor:
1. That there was once busy harbor filled with ‘fishing & packet boats’ coming and going.
2. There was a tale about how some workmen had being killed during the construction of the jetty and the harbor when a steel cable broke loose.
3. How three large boulders were placed about two hundred yards from shore and toward the west to anchor the barges that were loaded with granite for future use building the jetty.
4. The first damage of the jetty and harbor took place during the 1938 hurricane and tidal surge.
5. The final devastation of the harbor took place during the 1944 hurricane.

I have no idea why this harbor in South Chatham was not replaced? I cannot even find a name for the harbor; but I have heard it called Mill Creek and/or Eel River many times. I suspect that some of the land and adjacent marsh to the west of the river was sold by someone to the then RCA Global Communications.

But I would like to know who built this massive harbor structure? What was it called? Why wasn’t the harbor restored? What is the history of this jetty in South Chatham? I have included a small map to provide you with the general location. Thank you in advance for your time and interest.

Matt Hart
2 Samoset Road
Harwich, MA 02645

Alzheimer's Disease Book

I read a wonderful review you wrote for Amazon on an Alzheimer's book.

I will be in Falmouth, Ma. this coming Dec. 10th at the JML Care Center and will do a brief talk and book signing 11-12 am for my book on Alzhiemers as well. My website, gives all my information and the community service projects I am involved with as well.

I hope this can help those in Chatham and on the Cape.

Zoƫ A. Lewis, MD, FACP
business 305 434-7900
fax 305 673-7139
cellular 617 794-0008

Chatham Trivia Questions Wanted

Good morning. My name is Heather Manson and the company that I work for - Hasbro, Inc. – has booked a company function at Chatham Bars Inn for the first week of December. Part of the function is a scavenger hunt that I am putting together for the first morning of the meeting. Although I have been to Chatham several times, it has been a few years since the last time. I have a few questions regarding the location of certain restaurants/bars, etc. and the distance between certain shops on Main Street. Do you happen to have a map that shows the shops and restaurants on Main Street? Also, would it be possible for you to assist me with some suggestions of scavenger items – specific to Chatham and some trivia questions?

Thank you.

Heather L. Manson
Senior Coordinator
Hasbro, Inc.
P 401.727.5275
F 401.727.6809

Life is a journey not a destination.....

Chatham Beach Wedding

I found the message someone left on the web today about having your wedding at the Chatham Lighthouse. My fiance and I would like to have our wedding on that beach as well. Has anyone found anything out? What would have to be done? Who would have to be contacted?

I know this is rare, getting an email from a total stranger about a wedding, but I was just wondering if you could give us some information about this.

Thanks in advance.

Amanda Bird

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