Stroll through the whale-jawbone gate at the Edward Penniman House in Eastham on Fort Hill. You can’t help but feel a little of the spirit of Penniman, the sea captain who came home to this French Second Empire-style house after months on the bounding main.
The cupola draws our attention, as does the mansard roof, and maybe even the kerosene chandelier. But you can bet that it was the indoor plumbing that was the talk of the town when this house was built in 1868 — this was the first house to have it.
National Park Service rangers are fonts of information on the captain, the house, and life in the 19th century.