Historic Mid-Cape Destinations by Town

Discover the stories behind the heart of Cape Cod

The mid-Cape—that is, the central area of the Cape comprising Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis—is filled with great historic buildings and attractions. Whether you’re visiting the area or you’re a local looking to learn more about where you live, these spots are worth checking out!


The hub and voice of Cape Cod

The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit

The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit

Osterville Historical Museum
155 West Bay Road. The grounds contain historic buildings and period gardens. 508-428-5861.

Barnstable Historical Society
3087 Main Street (Rte 6A), Barnstable Village. Exhibits include a collection of 18th and 19th century. 508-362-2982.

Centerville Historical Museum
513 Main Street, Centerville. The society is dedicated to preserving the history of Centerville and Cape Cod. 508-775-0331.

Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit. Inside the 1782 historic building of the Cahoon Museum of American Art, discover the
folk art of Ralph and Martha Cahoon. 508-428-7581.


Cape Cod within reach

Judah Baker Windmill, South Yarmouth | By Maplebed, via Wikimedia Commons

Judah Baker Windmill, South Yarmouth | By Maplebed, via Wikimedia Commons

Winslow Crocker House
Rte. 6A, Yarmouth Port. Originally located in West Barnstable, the house was moved to its present location in 1936 by Mary Thacher. Open Saturday and Sunday, June–October. 617-994-6661.

Judah Baker Windmill
Willow and River Streets, South Yarmouth on Bass River. Surrounded by Windmill Park; small swimming beach on the river. 508-382-2231.

Captain Bangs Hallet House
11 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port. A sea captain’s house from the 1840’s. 508-362-3021.


The heart of Cape Cod

Scargo Tower, Dennis

Scargo Tower, Dennis

Scargo Tower
Rte. 6A to Old Bass River Road, left on Scargo Hill Rd. Legendary old stone tower, built in 1702, sits high on Scargo Hill. Breathtaking 360 degree views. 508-385-2232.

Jericho Historical Center
90 Old Main Street, West Dennis. 1801 sea captain’s house with costumed docents. Barn, museum, country store, and “Driftwood Zoo.” Open mid-June–August. 508-398-6736.

1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum
77 Nobscussett Road. House was the home of the first minister of Dennis. Spinning and weaving exhibit, gardens, and a Dennis maritime wing. A 1745 one-room schoolhouse. 508-385-2232.

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