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of Commerce - Dennis Lodging
The quiet, beach-oriented nature of Dennis is perhaps derived from
its namesake, the Reverend Josiah Dennis, pastor of Yarmouth's East
His saltbox home, aptly called the Josiah Dennis Manse,
is now a museum with rooms decorated in the style of the minister's day.
Scargo Tower (pictured here), overlooking Scargo Lake, is located on Scargo Hill Rd. off
Route 6A. It stands on the highest spot in the area at 160 ft above sea
level. From the top of the 38-step tower, you can see Barnstable Harbor
to the west and Provincetown to the east.
On Route 6A in Dennis village is the Cape Playhouse, converted in
1927 to a theater from an 1810 Unitarian Church. Humphrey Bogart, Bette
Davis, Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda are among the famous stars who have graced the Playhouse stage. Also on the grounds is the Cape Museum of
Fine Arts, housing a collection of 500 works by Cape-associated artists.
Nearby is Dennis best known shoreline, Corporation Beach. Named
for a packet landing owned by a corporation of townspeople, this
cove-shaped beach is bordered by dunes and sand cliffs.
Dennis has several multi-use trails, all with public access,
including Crowes Pasture off South Street at the back of Quivett
Cemetery in East Dennis and the 87-acre Fresh Pond Conservation Area off
- Chapin Memorial Beach
- Corporation Beach
- Glendon Road Beach
- Haigis Beach
- Horsefoot Path Beach
- Howes Street Beach
- Inman Road Beach
- Mayflower Beach
- Raycroft Parking Beach
- Sea Street Beach (northside)
- Sea Street Beach (southside)
- South Village Road Beach
- West Dennis Beach
- West Dennis Beach - West Dennis Beach draws huge crowds in
the summer and, appropriately, its parking lot holds some 1,600
cars. This area is popular with swimmers, sunbathers and families
who come to enjoy the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. Located off
- Cape Playhouse and Cinema - Established in 1927, this is
the oldest summer theater in the United States. Movie stars like
Bette Davis, Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck have all performed here.
Also on the grounds are a gift shop, snack bar. Nearby is the Cape
Cinema, which plays eclectic, foreign and art noveau films
throughout the summer. Located on Route 6A.
Lake and Tower - Set on a steep hill, this 28-foot
stone tower looks over the ocean to the north, Boston to the west
and Provincetown to the east. Legend has it that the Indian Princess
Scargos father, the tribal chief, had squaws and children dig a
pond an arrows flight wide to save a fish given to her by a brave
from a neighboring tribe. The excavated soil piled beside the lake
formed Scargo Hill. Located on Scargo Hill Road off Route 6A.
- Josiah Dennis Manse - The Dennis Historical Society named
this building after its original owner, Rev. Josiah Dennis (also the
towns namesake). Located on Nobscusset Rd., the restored home
stores the Reverend's writing desk, manuscripts and books. It is
also filled with other exhibits including precious antiques.
- Chapin Beach - With rolling dunes, much of Chapin Beach is
secluded enough for quiet relaxation. Its desert-like tidal flats
also allow long walks for the adventurous. Located at the end of
Chapin Beach Road.
- Sesuit Harbor - Always filled with summer boat traffic,
this harbor is home to several fishing charters leaving for daily
excursions on Cape Cod Bay. It also boasts a full-service marina.
From Route 6A take Bridge St. to Sesuit Neck Rd. and follow it
towards the marina.
- Johnny Kelly Recreation Area - A 1 ½-mile stretch of
multi-use trails canopied by pine trees wraps around this park
filled with barbecue pits, a pavilion, playground, four basketball
courts, two baseball fields and a soccer field. Named for Dennis
resident Johnny Kelly, a multiple winner of the Boston Marathon, it
is constantly used by people enjoying summer activities like
softball, picnics, etc. Located on the corner of Old Bass River and
Access Roads off Route 6.
Mayflower, Bayview, Corporation & Cold Storage
Beaches - some of the best bayside beaches lie on the Dennis
shoreline. All divided by private property, these beaches are very
popular with tourists. Summer water temperatures are refreshingly
cool, and their tidal flats are ideal for beach sports such as
volleyball or frisbee. All are located off Route 6A within a five-mile
radius of each other.
Cranberry Muffin School
708 Route 134, Dennis
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High
210 Station Avenue, S. Yarmouth
Ezra Baker Elementary School
Main Street, S. Dennis
Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School
Route 134, S. Dennis
Scargo School & Day Care
218 Main Street, S. Dennis
Sunshine & Rainbow Nursery
713 Route 6A, Dennis
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