Remembering Wellfleet's 200th Anniversary, 50 years ago
From August 2 to August 9, the Town of Wellfleet will be celebrating Founders Week. This commemorates the week 250 years ago when Wellfleet broke away from Eastham to become a separate town. There will be special events to celebrate that anniversary, including an original play dramatizing the town’s beginnings, walks to illustrate the town’s rich history, music concerts and art exhibits, dances on the Town Pier, the opening of a time capsule, the publication of a collection of local reminiscences, and a boat parade and fireworks in Wellfleet Harbor.
On a Cape Cod Notebook, Robert Finch recalls the celebration for the 200th anniversary, 50 years ago, which in which 200 creosote-soaked ties from the old railroad bed were collected to fuel a huge commemorative bonfire on the point across from Mayo's beach. It was a time, Finch notes, with different environmental attitudes.
Audio essay posted above.