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Antique Pilgrim House at 313 Commercial Street Provincetown
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At the turn of the 20th century Provincetown had four hotels.

This one sometimes billed itself as “Ye Olde Pilgrim’s Hostelrie” and offered “every convenience and comfort to Tourists, Business Men and Families.” Records indicate that it has been run as a hotel since about 1810. It was extensively altered and improved in 1847 and at the time of this photograph, ca. 1898, was leased and operated by Samuel Sands Smith, known as “Uncle Sam.” By 1901 it had a new proprietor, W. H. Potter, who offered rooms at $2 per day, special weekly rates for summer guests and a large, cool dining room seating 60. Though the main building looks much the same today, its primary use in recent years has been as a nightclub. The lawn and pergola have been replaced by an outdoor cafe.

This was from the book Old Provincetown in Early Photographs by Irma Ruckstuhl, 1987.


  1. This is now a nightclub.

    Posted by Straight Dope  on  03/06  at  09:00 PM
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