- About Us -
Let's get this out of the way: we aren't sisters. We're actually an aunt and niece team froma family full of artists, makers, customizers and designers. It was always disapointing to go on vacation and be forced to choose between the same twenty name dropped tee shirts and kitchy shot glasses. We wanted to bring home a special memnto, a local product, or something unique that we simply couldn't live without. So we opened a gift shop, carefully curated with local lore, quality products and things that we simply wanted. We filled it with items handmade by people we know, produced by companies based on Cape Cod and exclusive souvineers that we designed.
When we decided to open a giftshop the only thing we were really sure of was that we wanted to name it after a local landmark. Eastham has been our home for three generations and even though we're only summer people (Washashore might have been thrown about a bit) home is always where your heart is. The Three Sisters were an easy choice. They're a historical gem, one that locals know about and tourists stumble upon. With their whimsical charm and modern black and white sensibilities, they seemed an icon of what we wanted to create. Style remenicent of the old cape we remember merging with new designs we love.
Who Are the Three Sisters?
In 1836 the citizens of Eastham petitioned the Boston Marine Society for a lighthouse to guide their sailors home. Due to the dangerous shoals and sandbars around Nauset, there were an alarming number of shipwrecks just offshore. The first set of lighthouses were commisioned by Congress in 1873 and built for $10,000, to provide for a light halfway along the eastern coast of Cape Cod. Because there was one lighthouse in Truro, and the Twin Lights in Chatham, Eastham recieved three lights to distinguish themselves.
The original lighthouses were 15 feet tall, made of brick and quickly recieved the nickname "The Three Sisters" as from the sea they apeared like three women in white dresses and black hats. The story of how the Sisters moved from their perch above Nauset beach to the grove on Cable Road is both remarkable and unlikely. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore's website to find more!