The Town of Barnstable includes seven villages within its boundaries: Centerville, Osterville, Cotuit, Hyannis/Hyannisport, Marstons Mills, Barnstable and West Barnstable. Each village has unique and significant cultural and historical qualities.
- Centerville, located on the south side, is primarily residential, has a quaint, historic Main Street and includes the Christian Camp Meeting Association and has a several beautiful beaches (Craigville Beach, Long Beach and Covell’s Beach).
- Osterville is located on the south side, is primarily residential and has luxury waterfront homes. Osterville has many upscale shops in its charming town center and is home to two exclusive golf clubs – The Wianno Club, and Oyster Harbors Club.
- Hyannis is the Town of Barnstable’s central business/commercial district which includes town offices and several shopping malls. Hyannis is also a fishing village and its harbor provides steamship access to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands.
- Hyannisport, with its classic, shingle style waterfront homes, is tucked next to Hyannis on the water – and was made famous by the Kennedy Family Compound and is home to the Hyannisport Golf Club.
- Marstons Mills is primarily residential and is located on Route 28, located in the heart of Cape Cod. With approximately 7,300 residents, the village is a small, yet vibrant hard-working community.
- Cotuit is located on a peninsula on the south side of Barnstable about midway between Falmouth and Hyannis. Cotuit is bounded by the Santuit River to the west on the Mashpee town line, the villages of Marstons Mills to the north and Osterville to the east, and Nantucket Sound to the south. Cotuit is primarily residential with several small beaches including Ropes Beach, Riley’s Beach, The Loop Beach and Oregon Beach.
- West Barnstable is a seaside village in the northwest part of the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Once devoted to agricultural pursuits, West Barnstable now is largely residential and historic.
- Barnstable Village is located on the north side which houses the County Complex and has a working harbor and several small beaches. Barnstable village main street has terrific dining, quaint shops and has a historic small town ambiance.
Dennis, named an “All American Town” in 1978, combines its traditional New England heritage with modern day conveniences.
The villages of East Dennis, Dennis and South Dennis feature scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days, while tranquil tree-lined streets meander through Dennisport and West Dennis. Sixteen inviting beaches lie on the warm waters of Nantucket Sound to the south and on the crisp refreshing waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north.
Numerous recreation trails offer healthful relaxation, and well developed business districts throughout the villages provide ample goods and services. Residents of Dennis feel a sense of pride in their home by the sea.
The quiet little town, incorporated in 1793, was named for Josiah Dennis, a favorite minister. The town was involved in the maritime activities of the 1800’s and was full of the amazing tales of clipper ship adventures. As the twentieth century approached and the glory days of sea captains faded, Dennis residents turned to commercial fishing and land-based industries.
Dennis comes into its own during the summer months, with special events every week. Home to the nation’s oldest summer theater, the Cape Playhouse, Dennis offers varied summer activities, arts and craft shows, concerts on the village green and Dennis Festival Days, held in August, which celebrate the friendly heritage of this All American New England town
Located on Cape Cod, the Town of Mashpee is the fastest growing municipality in the Commonwealth, and felt by its new and old residents to be one of the most gifted with natural beauty.
Along with the Martha’s Vineyard Town of Gay Head, it is also unique as one of the remaining homes of the Wampanoag Nation, the Native American tribe which met the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
With over five miles of sandy beaches on Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, extensive waterfrontage on Waquoit and Popponesset Bays, four of the largest freshwater ponds on Cape Cod, the three championship golf courses of New Seabury and Willowbend and numerous other visitor amenities such as the nationally recognized Mashpee Commons project, Mashpee is a prime resort, seasonal home and retirement community offering both a relaxed pace of life and a complete range of services.
Mashpee is also home to the exclusive outdoor shopping mall – Mashpee Commons.
Incorporated in 1639, Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod. It is located on both sides of the Cape Cod Canal with the majority of its population and land mass on the southerly side of the canal.
Sandwich is a mostly residential community with a winter population considerably smaller than the population during the warm summer. Residents feel its charm and uniqueness combined with its ideal location make Sandwich a very attractive place both to live and visit.
Sandwich’s beaches, and the highly popular “ Sandy Neck Beach”, stretch along Cape Cod Bay for miles and provide a wonderful view on a clear day of the many vessels that pass through on their way to or from the Boston area. Commercial fishermen and lobstermen can be seen daily from the docks at the Sandwich Marina, the only harbor along the canal. Not too far from the marina is historic Sandwich Village which is a world renowned tourist destination, providing a glimpse into New England’s rich colonial history.
Heritage Plantation, Sandwich Glass Museum, the Thornton Burgess Museum, Hoxie House (the oldest house on Cape Cod), Daniel Webster Inn, Dexter Grist Mill and various art galleries, rare book and antique stores are some examples of the attractions which bring visitors to Sandwich from all across New England and the world. Sandwich is home to The Ridge Club Golf Community, Holly Ridge and other local golf courses.
Yarmouth, incorporated in 1639, is located in the mid-Cape area, about 65 miles southwest of Provincetown and 23 miles east of the Cape Cod Canal.
It is one of the Cape towns that extend from Cape Cod Bay on the north across the peninsula south to Nantucket Sound. One of the best features of Yarmouth is the classic Cape Cod architecture and rose covered cottages along historic Route 6A.
The most striking physical features of the town are the result of glaciations; the low round hills on the north side of town were created by the leading edge of the glacier as it pushed the land before it. The flat sandy terrain of the southern part of town is the apron of material that was washed out from the glacial ice.
Yarmouth is a member of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District and has five public schools located in the town. The community enjoys a variety of recreational programs as well as the town’s fifteen public saltwater beaches, five freshwater beaches and two municipal golf courses.