Calling all history scholars! When you visit of our scenic peninsula in Massachusetts, you’ll be captivated by the collection of Cape Cod historical sites. Each of these spectacular destinations highlights a distinct feature of our intricate past. Whether you are here for a day or several, spend some time touring one of these places on your getaway!
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Here Are Our Favorite Cape Cod Historical Sites
Our coastal communities played a vital role in American history and preserved its significance in these Cape Cod historical sites. Here are our recommendations for the best places to learn more about our past!
Cape Cod Lighthouses
Providing safe passage to ships entering water off the coast of “the Cape,” there are many lighthouses towering over our picturesque coastlines. Each of these quintessential Cape Cod historical sites is truly a “must-see” experience. Here are our suggestions for which ones are worth the visit!
- Chatham Light | Chatham
- Nauset Light | Eastham
- Nobska Light | Falmouth
The Crosby Mansion preserves the grand elegance and intricate craftsmanship of 19th century of Cape Cod. Located in nearby Brewster, this home was formerly known as “Tawasentha”, after Longfellow’s poem, “Song of Hiawatha,” and is open several times throughout the year for an open-house tour. You’ll have the rare opportunity to explore all 35 rooms of this immaculate mansion overlooking the Bay and meander through the captivating art gallery!
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Experience the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, right across the street from the Captain Farris House. What was once the Bass River Saving Bank, this wonderful attraction now offers a haven for theatre lovers with a seasonal selection of productions. In addition, you can also enroll in a cooking class, or attend a special event!
Heritage Museum and Gardens
Enjoy learning about history, horticulture, and education at the Heritage Museum and Gardens. One of the most wonderful Cape Cod historical sites, experience the blooming beauty of the gardens and tour the American Art & Carousel Gallery from early April to early October. While you’re there, you can also walk along the aerial trails and get a unique perspective of this beautiful place.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
When you visit the all-American town of Hyannis, you’ll find this patriotic community memorializing the presence of late President John F. Kennedy. To honor his legacy, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum offers an in-depth look into the private, public, and political life of this beloved Commander and Chief. During your visit, explore the interactive exhibits and seasonal collections. You can also drive a short distance to the Kennedy Compound, or venture down the Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail!
Do you want to know where the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact into law? Travel to the artistic haven of Provincetown to admire this historic site. As you tour, you’ll see the cornerstone set by Theodore Roosevelt along with many other informative displays in the neighboring museum. We also urge you to walk up the 116-step staircase to the overlook at the top of this obelisk for unparalleled views of the Harbor and P-town!
Sandwich Glass Museum
Sandwich, MA, is one of the oldest towns on Cape Cod and maintains a history of producing glass in America. When you tour the Sandwich Glass Museum, you’ll be taken through the intensive past of this fascinating town and see a mix of regionally inspired and modern masterpieces. You don’t want to miss out on seeing this delightful establishment!
Book Your Stay at The Captain Farris House
When you visit one of these Cape Cod historical sites, you’re sure to get a more in-depth glimpse at our history. From the moment you walk in our stunning bed and breakfast, you’ll be taken back to the Victorian era with beautiful antiques filling our lobby and courtyard. We invite you to browse our selection of luxurious accommodations and reserve the ideal one for your getaway. As you walk around our historical home and manicured grounds, you’re sure to feel relaxed on your vacation. We look forward to hosting you this year at the Captain Farris House!