Right in Our Own Back Yard

You know how when you live somewhere your whole life you never bother doing ‘touristy’ stuff in your own hometown? We live in such a history-rich region of the country that I highly encourage everyone to play tourist in your own town. Don’t wait for company to come to check out all the wonders the Cape has to offer.

Take the Whydah Pirate Museum for instance. We all know the story, how the Whydah was captured by “Black Sam” Bellamy the pirate captain, and then damaged during a storm and finally succumbed to the damage and ran aground in another nor’easter’s thick bank of fog at Marconi Beach in the Wellfleet area, right?!. It had been sitting buried under 14 feet of water and 5 feet of sand, just four miles off the Cape’s coast for 260 years before being discovered.

Thanks to Barry Clifford and his “treasure map”, the Whydah was discovered in 1984 and he and his team have dedicated their lives to bringing the Whydah artifacts and story to light. Some 200,000 artifacts have been recovered; it’s a true piece of history. Whydah is the only fully authenticated Golden Age shipwreck ever recovered.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the Whydah. If you haven’t visited or it’s been awhile since you’ve explored the Whydah Pirate Museum, you should take the family and rediscover it. There are new artifacts and booty found every year! And you don’t have to tell the kids it’s educational, they will have a blast and chances are you will too.

Whydah Pirate Museum info is here.

If all of that wasn’t enough to get you there, next week I’ll be giving away family four-packs of tickets to the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth during the Wayback Lunch on 99.9 the Q. Listen for your chance to win and you can discover this gem in your own backyard for free!

About Cathy Summers

Cathy Summers is the Midday Host on 99.9 The Q and Afternoon Host on Cape Country 104.

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