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A new home for the Henry Beston Society

Karen A. Lavoie of the law office of Karen A. Underhill, LLC, at left, joins Henry Beston
Society executive director Don Wilding in hoisting the organization's banner outside the office space she has donated to the Beston Society at Main Street Mercantile plaza
in North Eastham. (Photo by Nita Wilding)

Thanks to the generosity of a local real estate attorney, the Henry Beston Society has a new home in North Eastham.

The Beston Society, a non-profit that honors the works and philosophies of the author of The Outermost House, is moving into office space at the Main Street Mercantile plaza in North Eastham. The office of Karen Underhill LLC, which is also located in the plaza, has donated the use of one of its office units to the Beston Society.

The Beston Society has long needed a home space in the Eastham area, and Karen A. Underhill, LLC’s generosity is enabling our organization to take a big step forward. This will give the Beston Society a presence in the community where Henry Beston and The Outermost House are most closely identified with.

Karen A. Lavoie of Karen A. Underhill, LLC, who resides in Orleans with her husband, Jeffrey Lavoie, grew up in Orleans and attended Nauset Regional High School, where her mother was a physical education teacher. Karen A. Underhill, LLC, specializes in real estate transactions,  simple wills and trusts, and probate filing. Lavoie  has been practicing law since 2001.

“After seeing the request in the newspaper, and recalling that The Outermost House was always on our bookshelf while growing up, as part of my childhood, I thought it would be nice to merge the past with the present and offer space that I had to the Beston Society, which was in need,” Lavoie said.

The Outermost House was published in 1928 and is now considered a literary classic, as well as an inspiration for the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The house, which Beston (1888-1968) called “the Fo’castle” and used as a base for his writing, was located on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. With Beston present, it was dedicated as a National Literary Landmark in 1964, before being swept away by a winter storm in 1978.

Established in 2002, the Beston Society has worked with other non-profits in presenting lectures, exhibits and performances, along with publishing literature about Beston and The Outermost House. Production of a documentary film is now under way.

The Beston Society office is located at 3 Main St., Unit 31, North Eastham. The mailing address is P.O. Box 407, North Eastham, MA 02651. The Beston Society can be reached at (508) 246-7242, or visit our website at www.henrybeston.org.

The Henry Beston Society sign, left column, second sign down, on the marquee of the Main Street Mercantile Plaza in North Eastham, just off Route 6.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nita Wilding, Don Wilding, Jon March,
Robby McQueeney, Bob Seay, Tim Sweeney, Glenn Mott, Sheila Mott.



The Henry Beston Society, Inc., unless noted.


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