Cape Cod Historic Places, Duxbury, The Alden Homestead.

Cape Cod History, Duxbury

If  you read anew the Longfellow poem, a love story about Mayflower passengers, young woman who made the voyage with her family, you see how the harsh first year was for the settlers.  The first Winter took half of the 103 settlers including Priscilla’s parents and brother.
Rose, the wife of military advisor Captain Miles Standish, also perished and according to Longfellow’s account, Standish sent the young John Alden to act on his behalf to inform Priscilla that Captain Standish would like to court her.

“If I am not worth the wooing, surely I am not worth the wining,” Priscilla would answer, and then came her famous reply advising John to, “Speak for yourself.”

Priscilla and John were married in 1621 and in 1627 they moved to a 100-acre homestead located in nearby Duxbury where they built a house that would be home to their 11 children and their heirs until 1921.
The house stands today, the oldest house in the country continually inhabited by one family and now a museum open for visitors.
You will learn, if you visit,  that the Aldens were not just legends created by Alden descendant Longfellow, but that they were real people with hopes and fears just like ours.  They were real people who raised a family and lived in a wood frame house much like we do today.   Link to Poem,
The Courtship of Miles Standish

Cape Cod
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up Cape Cod.

Upper Cape: Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne and Sandwich Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis. The mid Cap is where you will find Hyannis Airport
Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich , and Chatham.
Outer Cape starts in Orleans and includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
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Cape Cod historic places include Duxbury and the home of John and Priscilla Alden, one of the early homes of the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims

The First Pilgrims spread out from Plymouth like the Aldens did and built homes such as the 1637 Hoxie House in Sandwich, thirty miles south of Duxbury, one of the oldest homesteads on Cape Cod and one of many antique Cape Cod homes open to visitors.
The classic, “Cape Cod Saltbox,” was restored in the 1950s when the town of Sandwich bought the property and returned the house to its 17th century condition.

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Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small
commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford.   Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats  leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September)   at Provincetown.
Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
The 1637 Hoxie House in Sandwich,
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Cape Cod Bay sunset