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Historical Societies

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Historical Societies

MiamiMimi mentioned a trip that she was taking in September which looks really interesting. Thought it might be a good idea to list some of the historical societies on the Cape. Lots of interesting things to do and see.

www.orleanshistoricalsociety.org Cemetery walks, French Cable Museum etc.

www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org Two escorted bus tours to choose from amongst other things.

Anyone like to add?

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Chatham's Historical Society -- Atwood House Museum

www.chathamhistoricalsociety.org/index.htm

Events, lectures, tours, etc. and you can link from their page to several other historical sites in Chatham including the Marconi Maritime Center and tours of the Chatham Lighthouse here:

chathamhistoricalsociety.org/historyweekend2…

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http://www.dennishistsoc.org/Events.html

Sticking with Mid-Cape, here are some activities coming up from the Dennis Historical Society.

But if you are willing to drive to the Upper Cape then the folks in Falmouth have a fascinating walk the same day each week ending at the pre-revolutionary war homes on the green which you can enter for a look-see. Another day of the week Sandwich runs an architecture walk/talk around town which necessarily includes history. Both of these we found to be excellent but give the edge to Falmouth however, on any given day, that could reverse dependent on the guide I suppose.

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Eastham Historical Society

http://www.easthamhistorical.org/

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The Barnstable village civic association has a nice booklet and map, "Historical walking tour of Barnstable village" which highlights 18 points of interest,, very informative!

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Centerville and Osterville both also have historical societies.

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The Harwich Historical Society has some great programs:

www.harwichhistoricalsociety.org/

The museum is housed in the former Brooks Academy, which is a beautiful building, built in 1844. My great-grandfather taught there between 1880-1917.

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The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth:

http://www.hsoy.org/

Visit HSOY on Rt. 6A in Yarmouthport for a nice nature walk, a peek into the adorable Kelley Chapel and other buildings on the property, then walk up/down the street to see historic old sea captains homes, the Edward Gorey House, the Village Green, Hallet's Store, and more.

HSOY also has fun and interesting programs, open to the public, year round.

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Thanks everyone, some of these groups offer some very interesting guided walks and even coach (bus) trips.

They often have some interesting lectures on a variety of subjects. It's a fun way of getting to know the history of the Cape. Look for some of the historic marks and signs in some of the towns. There's an interesting one on the Main St in Chatham where you will see some familiar names from long ago, families which are still represented on the Cape. Nickerson, Snow, Mayo etc.

Have you noticed all the Biblical names of roads, ponds etc. Even if you don't normally attend a place of worship, try a service on Sunday, maybe a beach service, there's a sunrise one at Nauset Beach, it's another way of getting to know some of the permanent residents of the Cape. My husband has been made very welcome at a Bible study group which meets at a church in Orleans. Some of these churches have been in existence for many years and often have longtime members who have stories to tell of the "old days".

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Wellfleet Historical Society: http://www.wellfleethistoricalsociety.com/

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