Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore

Apr 29
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Dover Town Library

Join us in welcoming the The Henry Beston Society as they present, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore.

Don Wilding, co-founder of the non-profit Henry Beston Society on Cape Cod and author of the book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod, has presented this program on Cape Cod and across New England extensively since 2001.

Beston’s book, The Outermost House, was written in 1927 after he spent a solitary year in a 20×16 cottage on Eastham’s outer beach. The Outermost House, now considered an American classic on the level of the works of Thoreau, Muir and other noted nature writers, was cited as a major influence on the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961. Noted author Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) said that The Outermost House was the only book to ever influence her writing.

Wilding’s multi-media presentation, including over 175 photographs of Beston’s famous cottage and recently produced documentary film footage, chronicles the Quincy, Mass. native’s search for peace of mind after his experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I. Shaken by his experience, Beston first wrote fairy tales. On Eastham’s outer beach he found his true voice as a writer, producing The Outermost House. The prose from this literary classic was quoted heavily in the National Park Service’s reports on Cape Cod, sealing the Seashore’s establishment as a national treasure.