Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Fotos (January 16, 2015) -- A Cape Cod Family Adventure (1959)

In the late spring of 1959, my father was sent from the Holyoke Sears store to help open a new Sears store in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  He was there for several weeks and when school was out the family went to the Cape to join him. We rented a small cottage in Coral Village at Craigville Beach, Barnstable, Massachusetts and had a bit of a beach vacation while the store opening was completed. My sister Susan and my younger brother Peter are shown with me outside our cottage in June 1959.

We spent time at the beach when it was not raining or too cold and when my father had days off we would take trips to the sand dunes out near Provincetown and explore various sites on the Cape. One of the places we visited was the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. 

Below is a snapshot taken at the Mayflower Compact bas-relief panel at the bottom of the hill below the monument tower itself. My siblings and I are shown in front of the bas-relief depicting the signing of the Compact. 

What is intriguing about viewing this photo more than 55 years later is that at the time the photo was taken none of us realized that we and our mother were all descendants of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren through two of his daughters. Just a couple of years later after visiting Plymouth Plantation, I recall my maternal grandmother saying we were related to Richard Warren of the Mayflower, but it was not until 2008 that I finally compiled the proof of what until that time had just been a family "legend."

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Images scanned from original snapshots in the author's collection.
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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. Great post! I also have a Mayflower ancestor. I descend from Elder William Brewster through his son Love.