11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Cape Cod

Year Listed: 1994
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Threat: Development

Significance

Site of the Pilgrim's first landfall in the New World in 1620, Cape Cod is famed for its rich heritage, pleasant small towns and miles of beautiful dune-backed beaches. Since 1990, the unique qualities of the Cape have been protected by the Cape Cod Commission, which acts to preserve community character by reviewing proposed development likely to have an impact on the region's historic, scenic and environmental resources.