Did you know?
Captain Penniman became one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. After his fourth voyage, he returned home to Eastham to build a home for his family on 12 acres purchased from his father.
Sitting atop Fort Hill in Eastham is the Second Empire style home of Captain Edward Penniman. Built in 1868 the two-and-one-half story house features a central hall plan with two rooms on each side. Rising from the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with arched windows on all sides. The house holds the Penniman family's written records and artifact collection, both of which provide a glimpse of the places visited on the family's whaling voyages.
It has recently been repainted so that it now depicts the residence’s authentic, original colors.
It’s all part of a Centennial Challenge Fund commemorating the National Park Services’ 100th anniversary in 2016.
The park service awarded $85,000 to match $100,000 pledged by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (Friends), the seashore's nonprofit partner, and $15,000 of funds that were donated by Eastern National, the seashore's cooperating association.