CAPE CODDERS REMEMBER COOLIDGE, CLEVELAND AND KENNEDY

Presidential Recollections, October/November 1992 Cape Cod Life | capecodlife.com

An aerial view of Gray Gables and Buzzards Bay, with the Bourne Bridge visible in the background. President Grover S. Cleveland’s former summer residence is circled.

“I always come back to the Cape and walk the beach when I have a tough decision to make. The Cape is the one place I can think and be alone.”

-John F. Kennedy

Hyannisport is a popular destination for many visitors to our area seeking a glimpse into the era of President John F. Kennedy and the Summer White House on Cape Cod. The Hyannis Chamber of Commerce reports having over 40,000 people annually who visit their information center and ask how they can get a closer look at President Kennedy’s life on Cape Cod. The Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport was not only where President Kennedy invited many heads of state and world leaders to meet and relax with him, but a family summer retreat where he spent many of his happiest days. JFK found peace and tranquility on Cape Cod, and once said, “I always come back to the Cape and walk the beach when I have a tough decision to make. The Cape is the one place I can think and be alone.”

 During the Kennedy Administration, a bill created by Act of Congress established the Cape Cod National Seashore. President Kennedy hoped preserving this tract of shoreline would ensure the continued enjoyment of this land by people from Cape Cod, Massachusetts , New England, and the United States.

President Kennedy ‘s Hyannisport residence, however, was not the only Summer White House on the shores of Cape Cod, nor is JFK the only U.S. president remembered by Cape Codders as having ties to our area. As we choose our president for the next four years this November, we thought it would be an appropriate time to recall the history of U.S. presidents on Cape Cod. We have collected excerpts from Cape Cod Legends and editions of Cape Cod Magazine from the 1920st hat include stories about the other Summer White House on Cape Cod and its owner Grover Cleveland and a first-hand account of a Cape Codder’s sojourn to the White House to meet President Coolidge.