Henry Beston's Cape Cod: Inspiration for a National Seashore
The Cape Cod National Seashore has drawn millions of visitors since its establishment in 1961. One of the major influences on the decision makers regarding its founding was the nature classic, The Outermost House by Henry Beston.
Upon returning to the United States following his service in World War I, Beston began writing to process his war experiences. While on writing assignment at Cape Cod, he found peace. Eventually, he had a 20-foot by 16-foot house, called “the Fo’castle,” built on the dunes of Eastham.
In 1925, he visited his shanty for a two-week vacation, and decided to stay, observe nature, and write. The result, The Outermost House, was published in 1928 and it has never been out of print. The Fo-castle was dedicated as a National Literary Landmark on October 11, 1964.
Don Wilding, author of the book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod, is co-founder of the nonprofit Henry Beston Society of Cape Cod, and an award-winning newspaperman. Proclaimed as an “Outermost House Expert” by the Cape Codder of Orleans, MA. Wilding has presented over 100 lectures about Henry Beston since 2001. His lecture will feature rough-cut footage from his Henry Beston documentary film now in production.