Discover the History of Spindrift
Embrace the History of this 1805 Cape and its legendary transformation through trials of time.
William Le Massena, (Broadway and film actor) purchased the lovely (Circa 1805) Full Cape home at 19 Old Wharf Road, in 1942 during the height of World War ll.
While performing Summer Stock stage productions at the Chatham Monomoy Theatre, my Uncle Bill’s search for a respite to rehearse his lines, led him to discover an antique home on historic Old Wharf Road in North Chatham. With an elevation, considerably above most others, plus a fantastic view of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, a dream was born. Uncle Bill walked up the hill to the front door of the house and knocked… A woman, appearing quite nervous, opened the door a bit, and asked, “Who are you?” Uncle Bill’s extraordinary baritone voice immediately calmed the woman, as he inquired if the property was for sale. Surprisingly, the frightened woman invited Uncle Bill inside for a cup of tea and spoke of watching German submarines sinking American ships just off shore. Her greatest desire was to move far away, as soon as possible….. The woman was so captivated by Uncle Bill’s charisma and extraordinary character, the prestigious property on 19 Old Wharf was sold to William Le Massena!
William Le Massena also maintained a residence in NYC as he pursued his acting career. Some of William Le Massena’s major successes include Broadway plays South Pacific and Death Trap (co- staring Angela Lansbury), and the movies All That Jazz, Carousel, plus the TV soap opera As The World Turns, as attorney Ambrose.
Spindrift stands strong on a beautiful knoll overlooking Pleasant Bay, the Outer Beach and is exactly perpendicular to the ocean entrance of Chatham Harbor. Our beloved Spindrift is a fabulous piece of Chatham history. Spindrift’s distinct views, desirable elevation, bordered by historic Old Wharf Road, remain a safe and welcome respite to friends, family and guests from around the world.