Site of the First Encounter

A tablet on the knoll at the north end of First Encounter Beach marks the location of the first encounter between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. While the Mayflower remained in Provincetown, Captain Myles Standish and his party explored along Cape Cod Bay. While camped here they were surprised by a group of Nausets; arrows flew and shots were fired, but no harm resulted.

Another plaque, reflecting a better representation of the incident, was placed at the beach edge of the parking lot in 2001, but has since disappeared.

Copywritten by Eastham Historical Society - 2019