Provincetown Town Hall Square

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Nestled within Cottonwood's historic Old Town District lies Burning Tree Cellars. View the spacious wine tasting patio area in the beautiful AZ afternoons.

Spectacular Views of Long Point, Benches and the Monument

The camera is located on the Cabot’s Candy Building, 276 Commercial Street, next to Town Hall. It can be pointed at the Long Point Lighthouse, Benches on Commercial Street, or parts of the old Monument. You can click on the link under the live picture above to change the view, usually for short time (since there are many admirers of this wonderful camera around the world.)

Long Point Lighthouse – In the image on the left, the famous lighthouse was captured with a boat sailing by, seen here through the power lines. It's remarkable how the picture resembles the painting by Edward Hopper Long Leg (1935), which depicts a boat sailing against the wind in the Provincetown harbor with the lighthouse in the background. Hopper's painting is commemorated in the stamp to be issued in 2010 (shown below).

Commemorative Stamp, Edward Hopper, 2009
Stamp Photo courtesy Mark Saunders, USPS
The Long Leg by artist Edward Hopper

BenchesBenches - In the summer, you can watch people sitting on the benches and the strolling crowd on Commercial Street. In the evenings, the light from the nearby restaurants, stores and the passing cars illuminates the view, making it look more mysterious.

the Monument Site The Monument – In this view, a part of the Pilgrim Monument is shown in the background with the adjacent parking. Read more about the Monument in the text below.

Provincetown is located at the outer tip of Cape Cod’s arm, and is one of New England’s most distinctive and charismatic towns. It is known for its beaches, artists, and tourist industry. Only three miles wide at its center, much of Provincetown is National Seashore with beautiful beaches and magnificent sand dunes. The Pilgrim Monument, in the center of town, commemorating the First Landing, is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and offers fantastic views of the town, Cape Cod and Boston.

The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown

The population of Provincetown remained small through most of the 18th century. Following the American Revolution, however, Provincetown grew rapidly as a fishing and whaling center of Cape Cod. The population was bolstered by a number of Portuguese sailors who, hired to work on US ships, came to live in Provincetown. By the 1890s, Provincetown was booming, and had begun to develop a resident population of writers and artists, as well as a summer tourist industry. By the early decades of the 20th century, the town had acquired an international reputation for its artistic and literary output.

In the mid-1960s, Provincetown saw population growth. The town's rural character appealed to the hippies of the era; furthermore, property was relatively cheap and rents were correspondingly low, especially during the winter. Many of those who came stayed and raised families. Commercial Street also gained many cafes and shops due to the influx of people.

In the mid-1970s members of the gay community began moving to Provincetown. In 1978 the Provincetown Business Guild {PBG} was formed to promote gay tourism. Today more than 200 businesses belong to the PBG and Provincetown is perhaps the best-known gay summer resort on the east coast.

Provincetown Art Playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill spent significant time in Provincetown, as did visual artists Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann, and Charles Hawthorne. Former United States Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz also used to live in the town.

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