3 Toms Hill Path, Truro MA

Corn Hill Beach Located just a short walk to Corn Hill Beach on the bay side of Truro, this Greek Revival house built in the early 1800’s began its career as a ship captain's family home. Long called the "Captain Hatch House," it has been meticulously restored and has been featured in photos taken by renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz. SE view

Situated on a private edge of 8-acre Little Pamet Farm, with its flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees and shady maple, pine, and wild cherry trees, and graced with sweeping lawns, this deceptively spacious home offers the charm of old Cape Cod with the conveniences of today.  Four bedrooms, including two master suites on separate floors, offer sleeping for 8 people, and comfortably accommodates two families.

A living room, dining room, galley-style kitchen, laundry area, and “sun room” share the first floor with a master suite containing a king bed, dressing room, and access to a raised deck with SW exposure, along with two full bathrooms, one with a bathtub.  A second raised deck off the dining room, with a picnic table and gas grill, is a great place to prepare and enjoy family meals.  Amenities such as updated kitchen appliances, including a dishwasher, an outdoor shower, and plenty of parking provide comfort and convenience. Plus TV, a DVD player, and wireless internet- so you can stay in touch, or not.

The second floor features a second master suite, also with a king bed, and a view of the Little Pamet River marsh.  Two additional bedrooms, each with two twin beds, complete the second floor.

Please, no smoking in the house; pets are welcome with a refundable cleaning deposit.  This is a Friday to Friday rental.

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The almost identical twin house, also built in the same 1805 era, is 100 yards away, and is occasionally also available for rent by special arrangement for larger family gatherings and reunions.

Meyerowitz Hartwig House, Truro, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

In 1976, the master photographer Joel Meyerowitz stayed in and photographed the house. At the time it was owned by the Hartwig family, which is why the famous photograph is titled "Hartwig House." His photograph is seen in posters, and is the first print in his first book "Cape Light".  Cape Light is considered a classic work of color photography. 

Meyerowitz, one of the masters of New York "street" photography in the 1960s, had burned out on the intensity of his street and commercial work and retreated to this house in Truro on Cape Cod and, transitioning from shooting exclusively with a 35mm camera, brought with him a pair of 8 x 10-inch Deardorff field cameras.

Meyerowitz Fence, Truro, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

In the same summer, Meyerowitz took this photo in the side yard outside the kitchen door. The photo “Fence, Truro” also appears in his book "Cape Light".   The simple composition captures the heart and soul of Cape Cod, and the rural tranquility of Truro.

The summer sky of Cape Cod features in “Fence, Truro.” Meyerowitz spent two summers recording the structures and light of Truro and the Outer Cape that ultimately resulted in the 1978 book Cape Light.

Meyerowitz was attracted to the intricacies of the changing light and was interested in how to capture that effect in his color photographs. He captures the shifting shadows as they play across the picket fence.