Pond Village is a historically significant neighborhood
Going back at least 5000 years, North Truro and Cape Cod were home to Wampanoag Indians, part of the Algonquin Indian Nation. From a statement made by Nanepashemet (1954-1995) describing the Wampanoag's philosophy regarding their relationship with the land:
"We have lived with this land for thousands of generations - fishing the waters, planting, and harvesting crops, hunting the four-legged and winged beings and giving respect and thanks for each and every thing taken for our use."
Myles Standish, William Bradford, Stephen Hawkins and Edward Tilley
Encamped on the shore of this pond for their second night on American Soil
November 16, 1620
Drank their first New England Water three miles northeast from here at the
Found the precious Indian Corn two miles southwest from here at
Provincetown Tercentenary Commission
Pilgrim Pond Park marks the location where the Pilgrims spent their 2nd night in the new world, and this is recognized by a plaque citing the event and the names of the Pilgrims.
Contact with these Europeans was devastating to the Wampanoag people, as a series of three epidemics swept through the Wampanoag people. At least 10 villages were abandoned, and the Wampanoag population was reduced from 12,000 to 5,000.
In the 1800s, Thoreau passed by the pond reflecting on its size and beauty
In the 1900s, vibrant industries thrived in Pond Village
In the 1900s, vibrant industries thrived in Pond Village including weir fishing, fish freezing and canning, and candle making. A fashionable fishnet clothing business was located on Pond Road.
See more historical photos of Pond Village.
Truro Historical Commission https://www.truro-ma.gov/historical-commission
Truro Historic Properties Survey 2011 https://www.truro-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3936/f/file/file/trurosurveyupdate2011report-withstreetindex.pdf