Higgins Shellfish Shack and Waterfront, Wellfleet
This is a 10.5 x 20.5 oil painting on canvas of the historic Captain Higgins Shellfish Shack and waterfront c. 1920, framed by the artist with weathered wood strips. It was known by locals back then as the "Spit and Chatter Club."
As described by Doug Roberts in a 1984 article for the Cape Codder newspaper -"before the days of television, all the local news, politics, social happenings, and all the hilarious doings of 'foreigners' emanated from the Spit and Chatter Club. The membership of course was closed. One had to be a life-long resident of Wellfleet, wear hip-boots folded down, carry a quahog rake, play checkers, be fluent in local profanity, and clam up when customers came to buy shellfish."
The "Lemon Pie" cottages on the hill were destroyed in a hurricane. This is a collectible depiction of a by-gone era in Wellfleet - our oystering men and women still harvest the very best and world-renowned oysters!!