"For the preservation, protection and development of the historical or archeological assets of the Town of Wellfleet."
The Historical Commission was established by Town Meeting vote in 1986 under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8D. One of the Commission's major responsibilities is to recommend to the Board of Selectmen and Massachusetts Historical Commisison places to be certified as historic landmarks and included on the State inventory of historic places. The Commission is composed of seven members apponted by the board of Selectmen for terms of three years.
The Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month, 4:00 p.m. at the Wellfleet Library. The public is invited to attend.
THE WELLFLEET HISTORIC DISTRICT, THE PAINE HOLLOW HISTORIC DISTRICT in South Wellfleet, and several other individual properties, were accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Many members of the Wellfleet Historical Society collaborated for several years to compile documentation for the application for nomination required by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This application, when approved, was forwarded for official listing on the National Register, which is administered by the National Park Service of the U S Department of the Interior.
The original Wellfleet application, which contains valuable information about properties included in our HISTORIC DISTRICTS, is in the Massachusetts Historical Commission archive in Boston. A photocopy can be seen at the Wellfleet Historical Society Museum. Among members most active in researching and organizing this fascinating document were Elizabeth Cole, Betsy Cole, Polly Magenau, Marion Parkinson and Helen Purcell, aided by photographer Warren Seyfert, and map researcher Peter Kane. The complete National Register of Historic Places is on the web at www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com.