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

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With its mixture of quaint historic homes on Route 6A and the commercial retail zone of Route 28, Yarmouth mirrors the cultural paradox of Cape Cod.

Route 28, with its collection of souvenir shops, fast food restaurants and mini-golf, is the polar opposite of Route 6A's quiet elegance. Its existence reflects the Cape's heavy dependence on tourism as a year-round economic base.

Yarmouth Port, incorporated in 1639, is the town's oldest and most historically rich village. Also known as Old King's Highway, Route 6A here is nicknamed "Captain's Mile" due to the sheer number of sea captains' homes. Over three dozen of these seafarers lived here at one point.

A prime example is the Captain Bangs Hallet House, home of the Yarmouth Historical Society. This house is furnished in the 19th Century style. Another landmark structure, the Winslow Crocker House, was built in 1780 in the elegant Georgian style. It was originally constructed in West Barnstable and then relocated to Yarmouth Port in 1936.

For walking enthusiasts, the Yarmouth Historical Society nature trails are among the best on Cape Cod. They wander through local marshes and conservation areas. Maps and trail guides to regional geology, flora and fauna are available at each trail's entrance.

The Bass Hole boardwalk crosses the marsh at Gray's Beach, which offers free public parking and facilities. Other walking trails include Horse Pond Trail off Higgins Crowell Road; the Dennis Pond Trails off Willow Street and the 2.4-mile Callery-Darling Trail.


Points of Interest

  • Bass Hole - This area, once a shipyard in the mid-1800s, comes to life during the summer with visitors. People come to picnic, enjoy the natural beauty and walk down the Cape's longest boardwalk. Nearly 150 years ago, the Bray family built ships here. These vessels used to sail straight into Cape Cod Bay from the inlet. However, due to coastal erosion, weather and time, it is now only accessible by boat or small craft. Located on Gray's Beach at the end of Center Street.
  • Baxter Grist Mill - This is the only underwater turbine-powered mill on  Cape Cod. Originally built in 1710, it was first restored in 1961 and then again in 1989. Currently operational, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
  • Indian Burial Ground - An 18th Century burial plot for Yarmouth Indians, this site features a plaque commemorating their honored dead. The last of these native peoples disappeared from the area around the time of the Civil War. Located next to Long Pond on Memorial Drive.
  • Judah Baker Windmill - Located on Bass River, this windmill has a rich history. Built in 1791, townspeople used to hoist flags on top of the mill when ships arrived to collect cornmeal supplies. Located on River Street off Route 28.
  • Winslow Crocker House - This structure was originally built in West Barnstable around 1780. In 1936, Mary Thatcher purchased and moved it to Yarmouth Port for restoration. Visitors to the home can view a variety of antiques, and vintage American furniture. Located on Thatcher Road off Route 6A.
  • Yarmouth Herring Run - During the spring months of April and May, herring fill these quiet streams that run along the end of Long Pond on Gray Road.
  • Yarmouth Village Pump - About 112 years ago, townspeople visited this stone trough and manually pumped their own daily or weekly water rations. A true reflection on the pre-mechanized aspect of 19th Century Cape Cod life, it is located on Summer Street off Route 6A.


  • Care-A-Lot Preschool
    947 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port
  • Country Day School
    720B Main Street, Yarmouth Port
  • Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School High School 
    210 Station Avenue, S. Yarmouth
  • John Simpkins School 
    Old Main Street, S. Yarmouth
  • Marguerite E. Small Elementary School 
    Higgins Crowell Road, W. Yarmouth 
  • Mattacheese Middle School 
    Higgins Crowell Road, Yarmouth 
  • North Side Nursery School 
    165 Main Street, Yarmouth Port   
  • South Yarmouth School 
    Route 28, S. Yarmouth
  • Station Ave. Elementary School
    276 Station Avenue, S. Yarmouth

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