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Some Cape Cod Trivia For Your Reading Pleasure

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  Cranberry bog on Cape Cod
Oyster beds in Cape Cod. Oyster Beds in Cape Cod

Do you know how Cape Cod became famous for Oysters, Cranberries and Potato Chips?  Here’s a little trivia for your reading pleasure:

Jonathan Swift once observed, “It was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Yet the concept of eating raw seafood has existed among primitives forever. One wonders how our ancestors discerned the briny, delicious delight that lies inside tightly closed oyster shells. Seafood lovers gratefully pay homage to that brave soul who “first ate an oyster” every time they down a couple of dozen on the half shell. Wellfleet fishermen produce and harvest oysters famous throughout the world. The taste is unique because of the water flow, and an abundance of nutrients, minerals, and fresh water intrusion. Oysters are at their plumpest and sweetest in months with an “r” in it. They spawn in the months without an R, May through August, and reach their flavorful height by late October. Wellfleet Oysters are prized by chefs the world over for their delicacy and sweetness. Millionaire railroad tycoon ‘Diamond Jim’ Brady would often just have to have these for a mid-morning snack—and no other oysters would do. The town incorporated into the Town of Wellfleet in 1763 and is claimed to be the namesake of the Wellfleet (or Wallfleet), England, another town renowned for its oysters (oysters still are an important commodity to this Cape town). The town has been famous for Wellfleet Oysters ever since these tickled Champlain’s Gallic taste buds in 1606 (Champlain christened Wellfleet Port aux Huitres—literally “port of the oysters”). Wellfleeters and gourmands happily agree that these choice shellfish are the most fragrant and sweetest of all oysters. There is a Wellfleet Oyster Weekend in October each year. Activities include an oyster shucking contest, raw bar, live auction, live music, road races, arts and crafts and more.

Cape Cod Potato Chips—some say the world’s BEST. Each chip is hand-cooked and -inspected before packaging and shipping to stores all over the globe.


To its credit, cultivation of cranberries in bogs originated in Dennis on Cape Cod. In 1815, retired Dennis sea captain Henry Hall observed that wild cranberries seemed to flourish in areas where the sand blew over them. He is widely considered to be the first individual replicating such conditions as a preferred way to cultivate the tart berries. Once a whaling port, Harwich went on to pioneer the cranberry industry in 1846 and it was in this small town that the first commercial cranberry bogs in the nation were established. Harwich is still a leading grower of cranberries because of its ideal soil conditions and extended growing season. The cranberry is now Massachusetts’ leading agricultural product.

Old Manse Inn Unveils 2 New Suites

After months of renovations — which included maintaining the historical integrity of the barn and refurbishing as much as possible — the barn project is officially complete. This month the Old Manse Inn is proud to unveil its new well-appointed, luxury suites: The Vineyard and The Nantucket.

The Vineyard

This new 2009 room is a luxury first floor room with private entrance plus expansive view of the west lawn. Features king canopy bed, seating area, gas fireplace, ceiling fan and flat screen cable TV / DVD . The bathroom has a shower and two person massaging air tub. Maximum Occupancy: 2

The Nantucket

This new 2009 luxury room is on first floor room with private entrance and view of the west lawn. It features a king sleigh bed, gas fireplace and a flat screen TV /DVD . The bath with shower and romantic claw foot soaking tub for two. Maximum Occupancy: 2