It is also the 21st—largest municipality in the state.
Falmouth is the home of the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory as well as several other research organizations, and is also the most-used ferry connection to Martha's Vineyard.
Falmouth is composed of several separate villages, including East FalmouthFalmouth VillageHatchvilleNorth FalmouthTeaticketWaquoit, West Falmouthand Woods Holeas well as several smaller hamlets that are incorporated into their larger neighbors e.
Mashpeeis the home of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans. The area features many beautiful beaches, including warm-water beaches along Nantucket Sounde. This popular windsurfing destination was bequeathed to the town of Barnstable by Dr. Kalmus on condition that it not be developed, possibly one of the first instances of open-space preservation in the US.
The Mid-Cape is also the commercial and industrial center of the region. There are seven villages in Barnstable, including Barnstable VillageCentervilleCotuitHyannisMarstons MillsOstervilleand West Barnstableas well as several smaller hamlets that are incorporated into their larger neighbors e.
In the present day, the five outermost towns Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham and Orleans are more commonly and collectively known as the "Outer Cape".
This area is home to the Cape Cod National Seashorea national park that encompasses much of the Outer Cape, including the entire east-facing coast from Orleans to Provincetown. The Outer Cape and the beaches in the area have become infamous for their summertime great white shark sightings along with numerous other shark species.
In the summer ofa tourist was attacked and bitten by a great white shark off Ballston Beach in Truro. The Outer Cape is the least populated area of Cape Cod, though Provincetown has a city-like atmosphere during the summer season.
Provincetown is also renowned for its historic fishing fleets and Stellwagen Banka popular fishing ground and whale watching destination, is located a few miles north of Race Point. One is that the terms derive from early nautical navigation. When one traveled to the east, one went down the longitudinal scale toward zero at GreenwichEngland.
Additionally, prevailing fair weather winds generally out of the southwest have been used as the basis for directional descriptions by European settlers and their descendants in eastern North America.
That is, one would be traveling "down [wind]" to the east with a westerly wind at one's back. Provincetown, therefore, despite being the Cape's northernmost town, was the furthest "down" that one could travel.
The Cape's unique shape brought a new paradox along with the automobile and highway system: The best known colloquial explanation, however, is that the shape of the peninsula as it appears on maps and charts resembles that of a human arm.
In that analogy, the southern portion of the Cape represents the "upper arm", Chatham the elbow, and the north-south portion is the "lower arm", or forearm. Going further, some say Provincetown is the curled hand, or fist, with Race Point and Wood End at its knuckles, and Long Point at the fingertips.
In the late twentieth century, as the Cape began drawing more vacationers and artists on retreat, the nautical nomenclature and potential confusion over directions have gradually been giving way to the simpler "Outer Cape", although the older terms are still used by some local residents.
Geology[ edit ] "East of America, there stands in the open Atlantic the last fragment of an ancient and vanished land. Worn by the breakers and the rains, and disintegrated by the wind, it still stands bold. Together, these formations are known as the Outer Landsor more obscurely as the "Isles of Stirling".
Geologically speaking, Cape Cod is quite young, having been laid down some 16, to 20, years ago. Most of Cape Cod's geological history involves the advance and retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet in the late Pleistocene geological era and the subsequent changes in sea level.
Using radiocarbon dating techniques, researchers have determined that around 23, years ago, the ice sheet reached its maximum southward advance over North America, and then started to retreat.
Many kettle ponds — clear, cold lakes — were formed and remain on Cape Cod as a result of the receding glacier. By about 18, years ago, the ice sheet had retreated past Cape Cod.
By roughly 15, years ago, it had retreated past southern New England. When so much of Earth's water was locked up in massive ice sheets, the sea level was lower. Truro's bayside beaches used to be a petrified forest, before it became a beach. Coastal erosion by wave action colored buff in this map brings growth elsewhere by deposition of transported sediment shown in blue.This central Massachusetts museum is considered one of the finest mid-sized museums in the country.
Follow history’s path through 50 centuries of the world’s antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, decorative arts, arms and armor.
Both Plymouth and Cape Cod are must see locations while visiting the Boston area. We make it easy with Boston hotel pickup and drop off. (Must be an authorized pickup hotel) Admission to both Plimoth Plantation and the Heritage Museum and Gardens or Sandwich Glass Museum in Cape Cod’s oldest town of Sandwich is included.
Plymouth Town Guide: About Plymouth It is a coastal community in southeastern Massachusetts, approximately 5 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal. It is the seat of Plymouth County, and has the largest area of any town in the Commonwealth. The Mayflower caught in a riptide off the coast of what is now Long Island, N.Y., November 9, is nearly shipwrecked.
Original art by Mike Haywood provided by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.. Writes Haywood: "On November 9, , the Mayflower's crew sighted Cape Cod and attempted to sail south to the mouth of the Hudson River, near modern-day Long Island, New York.
The colony at Jamestown, the colonies at Plymouth, and the colony at Boston had different nature, goals, successes and failures.
There was a cross of similarities and differences. One thing that remains obvious is each was looking for something that was lacking in their home land. Colony Place is located ½ way between Boston and Cape Cod just off Route 3.
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