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8/18/2017 1:56:15 AM

Mashpee

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

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Overview

In 1660, missionary Richard Bourne gave a 16-square mile parcel of Cape Cod land to the Wampanoag Indians. Now known as Mashpee, it is one of only two Massachusetts towns governed completely by Native Americans (Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard is the other). Over 600 current Mashpee residents are direct descendants of the Wampanoags.

Every Fourth of July, the town sponsors a powwow visited by Native American tribal cultures from around the United States.

Exhibits of Native American hunting/fishing tools, weapons, weaving and clothing are on display at the Wampanoag Indian Museum. American primitive art from the 19th and 20th centuries is also exhibited at the Cahoon Museum of American Art, a 1775 Georgian Colonial farmhouse.

For outdoor enthusiasts, South Cape Beach has nearly four miles of sandy beach, marsh and ponds. The Great Flat Pond Trail winds through woods and marshland for a mile. Mashpee River Woodlands also has over eight miles of trails following the Mashpee River.

The 300-acre Mashpee Pine Barrens contains Atlantic White Cedar as well as its namesake conifers. John's Pond Park, with 258 acres, offers walking trails with scenic cranberry bog views. The interconnected Mashpee and Wakeby ponds are popular for swimming, fishing and boating.

Beaches

Points of Interest

  • Wampanoag Indian Museum - Entering this museum is like traveling back in time before Europeans settled on Cape Cod. The main diorama is a depiction of typical Wampanoag village life, complete with a restored wigwam. Located across from the herring run on Lovells Lane off Route 130.
  • Old Indian Meetinghouse - Standing beside the edge of a former Wampanoag burial ground, this building stores colorful stitched-block quilts. Every quilt tells a story about a Wampanoag-Mashpee Indian who passed away. Built in 1684, it is the oldest meetinghouse on Cape Cod. The loft is also an exhibit, featuring carvings of tall ships. Located on the corner of Meetinghouse Rd. and Route 28.
  • Annual Indian Powwow – Native Americans from around the country travel to this event in Mashpee very second week of July. Originally, these events were scheduled for tribal chiefs to convene and discuss important issues. Now the weeklong festival features tribal dance ceremonies, fireworks, crafts and refreshments. A large dinner is held on Saturday and a traditional Cape Cod clambake on Sunday. Check with town hall for exact dates and an events schedule. Located on Route 130.
  • 1800s Cemetery - This cemetery is a tiny plot established in the early 19th century. A closer look reveals unusually decorative headstones covered with handwritten symbols, scenes and inscriptions. Located on Route 130.
  • Lowell Holly Reservation - Around 130 acres, this nature reserve was created by Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell. Picnic areas and scenic trails dot the entire area. An ideal place for a quiet escape. Located off Route 130 at the edge of Mashpee Pond.

Schools

  • Kenneth C. Coombs Elementary School 
    152 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee
  • Mashpee Creative Children's Center 
    133 Shell Back Way, Mashpee
  • Mashpee High School
    500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee
  • Mashpee Middle School 
    150 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee
  • Rainbows and Rhymes 
    47 Wampanoag Avenue, Mashpee 

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