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9/19/2017 2:28:20 PM

Wellfleet

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

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Overview

Wellfleet was once a large seaport. A testament to this nautical heritage is the First Congregational Church clock, which still keeps ship’s time. None exist like it anywhere else in the world.

Perhaps equally as well known are the town’s 20 art galleries. Through the years, Wellfleet has gained a reputation as the Cape’s "art gallery town" with this large concentration of artistic exhibits and talent.

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, with 1,000 acres of moors, salt marshes, sandy beaches and woods, is a popular nature area protected by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Just east of Route 6 on the Atlantic side is Marconi Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It also hosts Marconi Wireless Station, the first trans-Atlantic wireless station in the U.S. (est. 1903). Other local  beaches include Cahoon Hollow and White Crest Beach.

Beaches

Points of Interest

  • Marconi Wireless Station - Communications history was made here less than a century ago. A memorial honors Guglielmo Marconi and his wireless telegraph invention. In 1901, he tried unsuccessfully to transmit a wireless message across the Atlantic. Finally succeeding on January 18, 1903, he sent the results of the America's Cup to Wales, England. Located on Lecount Hollow Road off Route 6.
  • Samuel Rider House - This 18th Century farmhouse was built by Samuel Rider, a church deacon, in the mid-1700s. Now operated by the Wellfleet Historical Society, it has been completely restored as a historical landmark. The homestead also features seasonal exhibits. Located on Gull Pond Road off Route 6.
  • Uncle Tim's Bridge - Surrounded by natural scenery, this wooden boardwalk follows a marsh before opening up to a small tree-covered hill. A hidden treasure - perfect for picnics or for a quiet getaway. Located on Commercial Street.
  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary - Consisting of pine groves and salt marshes, this 650-acre reserve is home to many indigenous Cape Cod birds. The Massachusetts Audubon Society offers guided tours of the area. Located just off Route 6. 
  • Historical Society Museum - Antique maps, flags, firearms, documents, photographs and clothing comprise this museum’s exhibits. Also featured here are vintage quarterboards and miscellaneous marine apparatus. Here visitors can gain real insight into 18th Century Wellfleet life. Exhibits change monthly. Located on Main Street off Route 6.
  • Wellfleet Pier - This pier has various shops and ice cream parlors next to its parking lot. Numerous boats and fishing vessels line the wooden structure’s moorings. Many evening events are held here, including town band concerts. Take Main Street to Commercial Street to Kendrick Avenue to Chequessett Knolls Dr. and follow to the end.
  • First Congregational Church - The perfect church for a traditional wedding. Mahogany wood accents its interior, and a Tiffany stained-glass window illuminates Sunday morning services. The church clock is the only one in the world keeping ship’s time. Located on Main Street off Route 6. 

Schools

  • Wellfleet Elementary School
    Lawrence Road, Wellfleet
  • Wellfleet Pre-School Playgroup Co-op
    Lawrence Road, Wellfleet

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