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Harwich

Overview - Beaches - Points of Interest - Schools - Chamber of Commerce - Harwich Lodging

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Overview

Harwich, home of the first commercial cranberry bogs in the country, is still a leader in cranberry production due to its soil composition and extended growing season. In early autumn, you can see cranberries being harvested here. Like the leaves, they change color with the seasons, from summer green to deep fall crimson.

Some bog owners, for a small fee, will let you pick a few bushels. To celebrate its heritage, each September Harwich sponsors a two-week Cranberry Festival with a  variety of activities including a parade, fireworks, craft show and hundreds of exhibits. Ask for a schedule of events at the town's Chamber of Commerce.

Harwich offers plenty of summertime activities for visitors. A must-see is the Harwich Historical Society Museum in the town center. If you prefer outdoor activities, town band concerts happen at Brooks Park on Main Street during July and August - check local newspapers for times.

Golf is also a popular pastime here. There are two fine courses: the 18-hole Cranberry Valley Golf Course off Oak Street near the center of town, and the challenging nine-hole Harwich Port Golf Course on Forest Street. By far , though, the town is most famous for its great boating and five harbors, all along Route 28. The best known of these are Wychmere, Saquatucket and Allen harbors.

Beaches

Points of Interest

  • Brooks Academy and Park - Originally constructed as a Seminary in 1804, this building is now the Harwich Historical Society Museum. It features many fascinating regional Native American artifacts. These, along with Sandwich glass, vintage photos, documents and magazines, make the museum an important historic collection . Brooks Park, home of the Cape Baseball League's Harwich Mariners, also hosts numerous town band concerts and craft fairs throughout the season. Both are located on Route 39.
  • Cranberry Bogs - For more than 127 years, Harwich has lead Southeastern Massachusetts in the harvesting of cranberries. Scattered throughout the town, these bogs are always a spectacle. In the winter, they flood over and are often used for ice skating. In September the town celebrates this heritage with its annual Cranberry Harvest Festival. Events include parades, a craft fair, concerts and fireworks.
  • 1812 Cannons - Guarding the outskirts of beautiful Brooks Park, these cannons were originally used in the War of 1812. Located on Route 39.
  • Harwich Junior Theatre - This playhouse holds professionally taught workshops in theatrics and music. Although its productions are geared towards children, they draw audiences of all ages. Located on Route 28 in West Harwich.
  • Old Powder House - Located across the street from Brooks Academy on Route 39, this munitions structure was moved from where it stored gunpowder for weaponry during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.
  • Brooks Free Library - A walk through this library’s doors reveals objects d’art and bookcases of historical literature and documents. There are also regular rotating exhibits donated by the Friends of the Brooks Free Library. Located on Route 39.
  • Wychmere Harbor - Surrounded by marshlands and elegant drinking/dining establishments, this inlet moors boats of all varieties. A great place to view the windswept waters of Nantucket Sound. Located off Route 28.

Schools

  • A Child's Wonderland 
    35 Route 137, Harwich 
  • Cape Cod Regional Technical School 
    Route 124, Harwich 
  • Harwich Elementary School 
    South Street, Harwich 
  • Harwich High School 
    81 Oak Street, Harwich 
  • Harwich Middle School
    214 Sisson Road, Harwich
  • My School 
    257 Main Street, W. Harwich 

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