Rather than rush to our destination on Route 6, w chose the slow road. The Kings Highway is a very slow-paced, beautiful and pleasant drive.
From its apparent beginning as a Native American trail, Route 6A evolved into a principal east-west cart path for early Cape Cod farmers and other settlers. In the late 17th century it became an extension of the Plymouth Colony’s “King’s Highway.” With the rise of 18th century maritime activities on Cape Cod, sea captain homes, taverns and other commercial activities sprouted along the route, giving occasion to Boston-Provincetown stagecoaches to stop.
In the next century, the demise of maritime industries prompted a focus on cranberry production in the district. In fact, we pass a cranberry bog as the crew arrives to begin harvesting.
The Kings Highway winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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