2010 Population: 2,942
Provincetown grew very slowly during the 18th century and its population fluctuated with the price of fish. Farming was of secondary importance and aside from the fishing industry, there were only some salt works and one mill. After the Revolution, the town boomed and its population rose 276.6% between 1790 and 1830. Despite its relative lack of good farm land, by the middle of the 19th century, Provincetown had developed as the prime maritime, fishing and commercial center of the Cape. The Civil War, which destroyed so much New England business, only provided more markets for Provincetown's fish. Portuguese sailors, picked up by American ships in the Azores and Cape Verde Islands to fill out their crews, came to Provincetown to live and additional Portuguese immigrants had moved to town by the 19th century to work on the whaling boats and coastal fishing vessels. In 1875, there were 25 coastwise and 36 ocean vessels operating in town, more than any community in the state including Boston. Provincetown was a bustling place with all of the ancillary maritime businesses operating, such as ship chandlers, shipwrights, sail makers, caulkers, riggers and blacksmiths.
Come join us year-round for luxury accommodations in an historic city. The Somerset House Inn bed and breakfast is located on Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA, right across from Cape Cod Bay. Many of the rooms boast bay views. Dine on a hot breakfast, imbibe on cocktails during our nightly cocktail hour. In the past we have been fortunate to host several travel writers. They have some amazing things to say about our home and town. GoNOMAD.com traveled here in October so this is a good article on fall travel. A writer from Passport Magazine visited in June so this article gives you a different perspective.
378 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
phone: (508) 487-0383
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|Local Seagrass Expert Named Director Of Global Protection Program
Friday March 01, 2024
|PROVINCETOWN ? The Center for Coastal Studies has announced that its seagrass expert, Agnes Mittermayr, Ph.D., has been chosen to lead the global ecological program SeagrassNet in its efforts to restore and protect seagrass beds. A hotspot for biodiversity dubbed ?the forgotten ecosystem? by the UN Environmental Program, seagrass beds play an outsized role in [?]
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|Right Whales Back in Cape Cod Waters
Thursday February 29, 2024
|PROVINCETOWN ? North Atlantic right whales are on their way back to the Cape and Islands for their seasonal migration. They've been spotted in Cape and Islands waters since January, but recently over 30 individuals were spotted by New England Aquarium's aerial survey team just east of Nantucket. Cape Cod Bay has become a hotspot [?]
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