The Pilgrims first landed in the New World in 1620, and remnants of the past remain preserved in the fabric of our community today. If you yearn to relive the first days of our great nation, walk (or drive) in the footsteps of the Founders of America via Old Kings Highway on Cape Cod. Also known as Route 6A, this scenic byway offers a glimpse into our country’s past and affords you the unique opportunity to learn more about “the Cape’s” history at your own pace.
Old Kings Highway on Cape Cod: An Unbelievable Sight to Behold
Beginning in Sandwich and connecting to coastal Massachusetts gems, Old Kings Highway on Cape Cod. While the drive is simply divine decorated by the hues of fall, it’s a stunning, year-round way to learn more about our intricate past. Use our local insights below to help you decide which stops to make and a preview of what you’ll see along the way, and consult the free Old Kings Highway Historic District map!
What Are the Stones on the Side of the Road?
As drive on Old Kings Highway on Cape Cod, you’ll notice several rocks along the way. In fact, these mark the spot of a historic event in that designated community’s history. For example, in Barnstable, one is dedicated to the men who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as the War of 1812, the War with Spain, and the War with Germany. It also marks where the soldiers began their march to Boston in 1775 and 1812!
In Yarmouth, one stone marks the Yarmouth Common and the Liberty Pole. It’s where the militia and townspeople established a state of independence from Britain on June 10, 1776 – two weeks prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Be on the lookout for more of these historical markers along the way; you’ll never know what you’ll learn. But remember, you can’t touch them!
The Historic Landmarks
Intertwined with centuries-old charm, Cape Cod offers an eclectic collection of historical sites to explore. From natural locations where the Pilgrims once walked to buildings now serving as museums, each of these destinations serves as a gateway to becoming more acquainted with our history. Here are a few stops to make along the way on your day trip around “the Cape!”
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History | Brewster
- Cape Cod Museum of Art | Dennis
- Antiques Center of Cape Cod | Dennis
- Heritage Museum & Gardens | Sandwich
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Cape Playhouse | Dennis
- Lighthouses | Chatham
- Pilgrim Monument | Provincetown
- Cape Cod Rail Trail | Historic Sandwich Village
In addition, you may also wish to stop at the Route 6A Cape Cod restaurants and Route 6A Cape Cod shopping to enhance your time!
The Natural Allure
It’s true that National Historical Landmarks and markers decorate this historic byway, but the surrounding nature of Cape Cod also takes the spotlight. From the bayside wetlands, to tidal flats, to woodlands of the Berkshires, to so much more, you’ll have easy access to the natural wonder of our coastal gem. We recommend bringing your camera with you because you’ll want to stop and “stretch your legs” often!
Park Your Car at The Captain Farris House
Also nestled on Old Kings Highway on Cape Cod, you’ll come to our charming bed and breakfast. Once the home of a seafaring captain, we’ve converted this timeless home for you to relax and unwind. With 10 marvelous accommodations and manicured gardens, you’ll feel closer to the wondrous Cape Cod charm composing the luxurious Captain Farris House. We invite you to browse our rooms and to reserve the ideal one for your couple’s retreat. To further make your trip to “the Cape” the greatest yet, browse our packages. We can’t wait to host you!