Robert F. Gibbs, who became the first superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore on April 8, 1962, is seen here with First Chief Ranger Van der Lippe with Nauset Light seen in the distance.
The Cape Cod National Seashore was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The protected seashore encompasses 44,000 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forest, marshland, bogs and salt ponds along with a 40 mile stretch of pristine beach from Chatham to Provincetown. Learn more about this remarkable place in the 2015 Yankee feature, “The Beach That Saved the Cape,” by Ian Adrich.
Please enjoy this wonderful selection of historic Cape Cod National Seashore photographs from the National Park Services’s archives spanning from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Cape Cod National Seashore | Historic Photographs
Have you ever visited the Cape Cod National Seashore?
This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated.