In the mid-1910's, an enterprising young man named Joseph A. Days had a vision. He wanted to move his home in Provincetown to the beach along the state road in North Truro, and to help realize that dream, he purchased a strip of land along either side of the street.
The people of Provincetown thought he was crazy. "It's just a bunch of sand!" they would tell him, "What do you want THAT for?" At the time, the state road that would later become Route 6 (and still later Route 6A) was itself just packed-down dirt and beach sand, and the road was desolate for miles! But Joe kept his vision in focus while everyone else kept going on about the purchase that would come to be known in the 1920s as "Days' Folly."
Starting with nine little houses in 1931, Days' Cottages now includes twenty-three cottages, all exactly alike. Located slightly more than 100 miles by road from Boston, in the summer vacation community of North Truro, just south of the northern tip of Cape Cod, in an area known as the "Outer Cape". English colonists named it after a town in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
The historic Wampanoag Native American people called the area Pamet or Payomet. Their language was part of the large Algonquian family. This name was adopted for the Pamet River and the harbor area around the town center known as the Pamet Roads. The population of Truro was 2,003 at the 2010 census.
Over half of the land area of the town is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, and administered by the U.S. National Park Service.
October 28th, 2014
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