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Truro

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

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Overview

If you've seen the Truro depicted in any of artist Edward Hopper's paintings, you still see the Truro of today. No other Cape Cod town has changed so little since its inception. Truro has successfully resisted commercial development for over 200 years.

For most tourists, this town is just the last stop on the way to Provincetown. But for those who go off the beaten path, it offers a hauntingly beautiful landscape of moors, high dunes, estuaries and marshes.

On the Atlantic side lies a historically important landmark, Highland Light. The Cape's oldest lighthouse, built in 1857 on the site of the original 1798 structure, it was the last to be converted to automated operation in 1986. Endangered by constant erosion of the 117-foot cliff it rested on, it was recently moved back from shore to a safer distance.

Beaches

  • Ballston Beach
  • Corn Hill Beach
  • Fisher Beach
  • Great Hollow Beach
  • Head of The Meadow Beach
  • Longnook Beach
  • Ryder Road Beach

Points of Interest

  • Highland House - Built at the turn of the century as an inn, this now operates as the Truro Historical Museum. The structure contains a collection of 17th Century antiques, period firearms, shipwreck pieces and fishing/whaling implements. Located on High Land Light Road.
  • Bell Church - A meetinghouse built in 1827 and named after the Revere bell in its steeple, this church still holds Sunday services. Its windows are made from Sandwich glass. Located on Meeting House Road off Route 6.
  • Jenny Lind Tower - Originally a railroad depot tower in Fitchburg, it is famous for a concert performed by "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind in 1850. When an angry mob formed outside a concert hall after promoters oversold the Lind concert, she climbed the tower and sang to them for free. When the Fitchburg Depot was demolished in 1927, this tower was moved to Truro. It now sits beside the Highland Light Beach parking lot.
  • Old North Cemetery - Some of Truro's first inhabitants were laid to rest here on the "Hill of Storms." It also marks the location of the town's original meetinghouse and Congregational church. After residents decided these buildings were too far away, a new church was built in 1827 at Truro center and the meetinghouse moved closer. The cemetery still remains with tombstones dating back into the 1700s. Located on Aldrich Road off Route 6.

Schools

  • Truro Central School
    Route 6, Truro

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