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May 2011 Marie Jones was an infant when her family first rented a cottage in 1937. “I remember when they were new and the road was sand. And I’ve come every year of my life since,” she says.

Jones recalls swimming to a raft in the water, bonfires on the beach and nighttime movies shown outside. Her parents, grandmother, and two brothers would share a cottage. As the family grew, and the children had children of their own, they rented additional cottages, with uncles and aunts joining in on the fun.

The Days Family

“We had 20 family members renting at its peak,” she says. “It was like a compound.”

This summer will find her in Truro once again renting a Days’ Cottage.

“It’s the people that bring me back, being on the water, and the fact that the cottages haven’t changed over the years,” she says. “It’s like going home.”

 

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Rob Duca is a freelance writer living in Plymouth.

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