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Established 1999

Dedicated to Henry Beston's literary classic, The Outermost House, and the spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape Cod

About us

Welcome to The Outermost Web Site, the most complete source of material about Henry Beston and his literary classic The Outermost House on the World Wide Web today.

Without a doubt, The Outermost House has become one of the favorite books of beachgoers and nature enthusiasts everywhere. The book, published in 1928, was recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of the primary motivating forces behind the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961. The house was declared a literary landmark on Oct. 11, 1964, in a special ceremony at the Eastham, Mass. beach. Beston's "Fo'castle," as he called it, was washed out to sea in the famous Blizzard of 1978.

The Outermost Web Site was first launched on Sept. 6, 1999. Since then, Beston fans from all over the world have checked in to read up on the House or Henry himself, take a visual journey down Coast Guard Beach or to read the Passage of the Week.

We here at The Outermost Web Site welcome your comments, suggestions, and any other input you may have regarding our Web site, which is rapidly developing into an "e-zine" about Beston, The Outermost House, Nauset and other related subjects. Please feel free to send us e-mail at outermostweb@yahoo.com .

The Outermost Web Site and the Eastham 350th Anniversary committee have combined to publish On its Solitary Dune, a commemorative magazine dedicated to Beston and The Outermost House. The magazine has been dedicated to the memory of the late Nan Turner Waldron, author of Journey to Outermost House, one of the most thorough and comprehensive writings ever about Beston's little house on the dunes of Eastham. Waldron, who has also written North Woods Walkabout: A Maine Odyssey, supplied The Outermost Web Site with several of her quality photographs and was a major source of inspiration behind this online effort and the magazine.

We hope you enjoy your visit to The Outermost Web Site and will check back often. As Nan wrote in the conclusion of Journey to Outermost House, "The World of The Outermost House is really a microcosm, an 'anywhere world,' which is different things to different people." We hope we can bring a little more of that to fans of Beston's literary classic.

Enjoy.

-- Don Wilding,
Publisher, The Outermost Web Site

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