In 1907, Charles Webster Hawthorne, the 35-year-old son of a sea captain, built a barn-like studio on a sandy bluff in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. Hawthorne was an Impressionist painter. And he turned the barn into the Cape Cod School of Art–the first in America to hold outdoor sessions.
The Barn is located at 29 Miller Hill Rd in Provincetown, and is accessed by a long dirt path and a steep staircase. Please note that under no circumstances should you drive your car on Miller Hill Road. Familiarize yourself with the directions and let us know if you have any questions.
We put together a brief video introducing the Barn, its history, and our organization, Twenty Summers. Sean Gannett produced and directed the film. We hope you enjoy it. You can watch here or on Vimeo.
Several publications and news outlets have featured stories about Twenty Summers and the Barn, which NPR has called "part of the foundation of American art history." Learn more about our organization and what others have had to say about it.