Posted by: coastlinesproject | September 19, 2014

Chatham; Sad day as last of 40 houses on North Beach demolished.

Sad day in Chatham when the last of the 40 houses on North Beach were demolished a few days ago. This will happen on Plum Island in the next 20 to 50 years. We should be thinking of what will happen to the lots once they become unsaleable. On Cape Cod they become part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The same thing could be done with the Parker River Refuge:

More cottages demolished on eroding North Beach in Chatham
The shifting sands of fate once blessed more than 40 families with cottages along North Beach, but the sand is moving offshore fast, leaving them with nothing but…


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  1. The headline makes it sound like there are no more, in realty two Camps remain on North Beach Island from what was Second Village. In Orleans, twelve Camps remain nestled in between and behind the east facing sand dunes. As the beach rolls westward, those Camps will face potential relocation or removal.

    The last two ‘sentinels’ in Chatham are the last of them in Chatham. The Camps and houses that were on Monomy are long gone after the US government took the island as a wildlife preserve. Now the last vestiges are almost gone.

    In Eastham, on Nauset Marsh there also were a number of Camps, the last of them lost in the Blizzard of ’78, which was the famous For’csle aka “the Outermost House.”

  2. I have hundreds of photos from the air of these camps. I am sorry for their loss to the families, and their history. Although I never was there (on NBI) these seemed to be an anchor point of NBI.

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