Cuttyhunk is Not a Conurbation

Cuttyhunk is not a conurbation.

It does have a concentration.

A village nestles on the east slope of the hill overlooking the harbor.

As you enter the harbor, this village is what you see.

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Here’s a view of the harbor, from land.

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Red roof = US Coast Guard

Once you have debarked, you pass along a neck of land to approach the village.

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Cuttyhunk, on a hilltop, facing the dawn.

We shall take a tour through some parts of Cuttyhunk town.

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The building with the flag? The Electrical Power generation station. And the fire department.

I love a three-story house. But I’m no longer fond of painting trim on a third-story gable, as I was once, as a young man. My adrenal glands can’t handle it any more. My thirty-six foot magnesium ladder has been permanently disassembled, to forestall foolish temptation.

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There are cars and trucks here, but they’re outnumbered by golf carts and quads.

The houses tell stories, and present unanswered questions.

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The house behind the picket fence tells stories — what was once a small cape has been hugely increased in size. I want to know more about that fence! The near house asks, “Why are just my second story gables red?”

Just along the street and around a corner is the municipal center of town.

First comes the Historical Society.

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The Cuttyhunk Historical Society. The bell is in the yard 112 years old.

Why the bell?

Fog.

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When this bell was made, in 1902, fog was a mortal peril. This bell has saved many a vessel and many a life, by warning them of hungry shoals and a rockrimmed little island.

Just uphill of the historical society is the town hall.

Just uphill of the town hall is the library.

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Just uphill of the library is the school.

One of my favorite stories from the trip: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is giving the Cuttyhunk School a raft of s**t because they have not instituted an anti-bullying policy, nor have they properly reported their anti-bullying to the State.As explained to me by a Cuttyhunker: “The school’s anti-bullying policy is, HEY! LEAVE YOUR BROTHER ALONE!”

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Historical society, library, and school, seen through the stone pillars that frame the entrance path to the church.

Paths are a prominent feature of the island.

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So is stone. Stone walls are everywhere. Cuttyhunk has more rocks than trees.

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The hydrangea is planted at almost every house. Last winter’s bitter cold did not set these ones back, not a bit.

Take a moment to enjoy the trim boards on the gable end of this house.

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There was fog one morning.

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Fog obscures. But does fog obfuscate? Obfuscate’s synonyms include becloud, befog, blur, cloud, and fog, so yes.

Fog can bring beauty, and mystery, and can lead us on.

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We’ll go down this path, and others, in a future post.

 

 

 

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