The Atlantic House, first owned by the inaugural postmaster of Provincetown, was a tavern from the very beginning. Though following the death of its first owner, The AH did serve a stint as the final stop on the Orleans-Provincetown Stagecoach line. That ended with the arrival in Provincetown of the railroad.
What we are concerned with here, though, is more recent history. During the 1920’s, well-known American authors including Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill were frequent visitors. O’Neill in fact is said to have written four of his plays in the Atlantic House, and his classic The Iceman Cometh was written at least partly at this location.
The A-House, as it is now known, also has the distinction of being the oldest gay bar in the United States. It continues to be a popular nightspot for Provincetown residents and visitors.