The Book in a Nutshell
An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries
of a Property tells the story of the author’s small
Cape Cod house on one-third of an acre—a story with several
mysteries. A wide-ranging investigation forms the basis of an
eight-year research journey—like a segment of PBS’s
History Detectives—not only to solve the mysteries
but also to answer the broader question, “What came before?”
The book includes more than 60 images and guidelines in twenty-two
sidebars to help you find the story of your home.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mysteries of the House
Something Like a Sears House
The House Finds a Home
The Cape Cod House: Why So Common, Why So Popular?
Thirty-two Owners in 350 Years: A Focus
Wappaquewam: Siwanoy Sakima
Caleb Heathcote: Manor Lord
Isaac Gedney Jr.: The Neutral Ground
Louis Block and Harry Rich Mooney: From Farm to Subdivision
Mysteries of the Land
In New York or In Connecticut?
Moon Over Mamaroneck: When and Where?
Monkey Business and More: The Possibilities
Epilogue – Kernels of Truth