Mary R. Miner


Jamestown has had a long succession of summer people. They have come to different parts of the island, stayed at hotels and boarding houses, and at cottages ranging from very simple to quite grand. (Just a reminder here: the term "cottage" was used for houses that were not occupied year round, and had nothing to do with size.) No matter where the summer people stayed or how they lived, they all were looking for the healthful benefits of a summer at the seashore. Beyond that, they appear to have sought a place where they could lead a simpler life than they did in the winter. This article will look at a time when the summer people could come only by boat, a time before the Jamestown Bridge was built. It will skip around through the years and explore the various clusters of cottages on the island, and examine some of the cottagers and their lifestyles.