As the windy weather makes us wish away these winter months, families day dream about their vacation destinations–filled with sun, sand and *wishful thinking*–sleep! Do not lose hope as the cold weather keeps many indoors, and the lack of snow on the slopes, keeps even the outdoor enthusiasts at home. Fun filled family times lay ahead.
Boston Babies will be featuring vacation destinations, most of which are family friendly. Learn about hidden treasures nestled in and around your own neighborhood, charming and historic New England favorites as well as Caribbean getaways and relaxation retreats.
Featured Boston Mom, Haley Cutter of the North End, will be sharing some of the top sites to see and towns to visit in The Cape…
Scargo Tower, a thirty-foot observation tower overlooking Scargo Lake and the Cape Cod Bay, has been a popular tourist destination for over one hundred years. Located in Dennis, MA, children of all ages love visiting this site, and often insist on returning year after year on their family vacations to Cape Cod.
A trip to Scargo Tower provides the perfect opportunity to expose your little one to a combination of outdoor exploration, history, and a bit of Indian folkore.
Explore the Tower:
Children love the “ping, ping, ping” sound that the contact of their shoes make as they ascend the spiral metal staircase. At the top of the turret, it is possible (on a clear day) to see all the way down the lower Cape to Provincetown and as far west as Plymouth. From this height, one can see the entire body of the lake. Children take delight when they recognize that the shape of the lake closely resembles the outline of a fish.
Learn the History:
The current stone tower, erected in 1901 by the Tobey Family, is the third tower to sit on Scargo Hill, the Cape’s highest hill. The two previous towers (the first erected in 1874) were made from wood and were destroyed by inclement weather and fire. The Tobey Family, determined that their third tower would withstand the elements, erected this tower from indigenous fieldstones.
Enjoy the Lore:
Indian lore says that Scargo Lake was hand carved with clamshells by the Nobscusset tribe for their Princess Scargo. Princess Scargo was both beautiful and kind, and lived in the area in the early 1600s. Her beauty was known far and wide and warriors from all over would visit hoping to gain her favor.
When the princess did fall in love with a brave warrior from a neighboring tribe, the warrior gave the princes a carved pumpkin filled with water and four fishes, as a token of his love and a promise to return. Initially, the princess placed the fish in a small pool, but the summer months were hot and dry and the pool began to evaporate. Thus, her father, the Indian sachem (chief) ordered that a lake be excavated to house her fish. The tribe dug and dug while the princess cried over her dying fish. As the princess cried, her tears filled the lake to the level of the shore.
Regardless if believe the lore or instead agree with the scientists that Scargo Lake is a kettle pond created thousands of years ago by glaciers, Scargo Tower is a wonderful place to take the family and children will enjoy sharing stories about their adventure for years to come.
Scargo Hill Rd (off of Rte 6A or Old Bass River Rd), Dennis MA
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ADDITIONAL READING ON THE LEGEND OF SCARGO LAKE