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(N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake)

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Harwich, Massachusetts, USA - The Belmont  Hotel Belmont was built in 1894 on 22 acres between the mouth of Herring River and the Dennis / Harwich town line. In its heyday, the

Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA

Named for Harwich, England, it was settled about 1655 and incorporated in 1694. Once a whaling and shipbuilding centre, its economy is now based largely on cranberry cultivation and summer tourism. britannica.com

Harwich includes: Harwichport and Pleasant Lake


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Harwich Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The Belmont
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"Hotel Belmont was built in 1894 on 22 acres between the mouth of Herring River and the Dennis / Harwich town line. In its heyday, the lobby boasted Cape Cod's first stock market ticker tape machine, and the elegant wooden resort was often called the "Summer Wall Street". The Belmont had a major fire in 1974 and was demolished in 1977." www.thebelmont.net
West Harwich, Mass., Main St. Showing P.O. and Baptist Church
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West Harwich, Mass., Main St. Showing P.O. and Baptist Church

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"Edgewood", West Harwich, Mass., 1905
Wychmere Harbor along West Shore, Harwichport, Mass.
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Wychmere Harbor along West Shore, Harwichport, Mass.
View of Beach and Hotel, West Harwich, Mass., 1908
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View of Beach and Hotel, West Harwich, Mass., 1908
Main Street and Bridge, West Harwich, Mass., 1908
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Main Street and Bridge, West Harwich, Mass., 1908
Old Mill, Harwich, Mass. (150 Years Old) (1910)
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Old Mill, Harwich, Mass. (150 Years Old) (1910)
Beach at Harwichport, Mass.
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Beach at Harwichport, Mass.
The Beach, Looking South, West Harwich, Mass.
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The Beach, Looking South, West Harwich, Mass.
Cottages at Camp Grounds, Harwichport, Mass., 1911
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Cottages at Camp Grounds, Harwichport, Mass., 1911
Main Street Residential Section, Harwich Centre, Mass.
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Main Street Residential Section, Harwich Centre, Mass.
Congregational Church, Harwich Centre, Mass.
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Congregational Church, Harwich Centre, Mass.
Main Street, West Harwich, Cape Cod, Mass.
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Main Street, West Harwich, Cape Cod, Mass.
Warehouse of Ocean Spray Cranberry Preserving Company
Packers of Ocean Spray Brand, Ready to Serve
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Packers of Ocean Spray Brand, Ready to Serve Cranberry Sauce Sold the World Over, 1928
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Pilgrim Congregational Church, Harwichport, Cape Cod, Mass.
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Pilgrim Congregational Church, Harwichport, Cape Cod, Mass.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, West Harwich, Mass.
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Holy Trinity Catholic Church, West Harwich, Mass.
Post Office, Harwichport, Cape Cod, Mass., 1955
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1839 - Harwich
Harwich, Massachusetts
Barnstable county, on the S. side of Cape Cod, 14 miles E. from Barnstable. Incorporated 1694. Population, 1830, 2,464; 1837, 2,771. On Herring river, the outlet of Long pond, are cotton and other mills. Some vessels are built here and some salt manufactured. The product of the cod and mackerel fishery the year ending April 1, 1837, was $33,000. Harwich is a pleasant town: the village makes a good appearance from the sea.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - HARWICH. [Pop. 2,930. Inc. 1694.]
Harwich once included Brewster, which was the oldest settlement of the two.

Long Pond has an outlet, called Herring River, of which some use is made for mills.

The soil is sandy, and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in the fisheries, or business connected with them.

Distance from Barnstable, 13 miles ; from Boston, by water, 75.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Harwich / Harwich Port
Harwich, a post-township of Barnstable county, Massachusetts, 90 miles S. E. from Boston. Population, 3258.

Harwich Port, a post-office of Barnstable county, Massachusetts.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
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HARWICH, a township of Barnstable co., in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., 89 m. SE of Boston, bordered on the S by the Atlantic, and watered by Long Island, and its outlet, Herring river. Pop. in 1840, 2,930.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1869 - House Fire
The dwelling of Nathan Dowry, in Harwich, Mass., was destroyed by fire on the evening of the 3d, and his only children, two little girls, aged six and four years, perished. The parents were visiting a neighbor.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 13, 1869
Harwich Massachusetts, 1890
Harwich, one of the most characteristic and pleasant of the Cape Cod towns, lies on its south side, about midway of Barnstable County, southeast from Boston, and about 85 miles distant by the Old Colony Railroad. This road has three stations in the town, North Harwich at the northwest, Harwich (centre) and Pleasant Lake, on the north side. The other villages are West Harwich, Harwich Port and South Harwich, on the south side, and East Harwich on Pleasant Bay, which has Orleans on its north side and Chatham on its south. The last-mentioned town is the boundary on the east, Brewster lies on the north, Dennis on the west; while the south side, scarcely deviating from the straight line of the 41º 40' parallel of latitude, is washed by the waters of the Atlantic. The assessed area of this town is 8,670 acres; of which 2,414 acres are occupied by a growth of oak and pine trees.

There are several fresh-water ponds, the largest being Long Pond on the Brewster line; and another is Pleasant... Read MORE...

1895 - Harwich / Harwichport / South Harwich
Harwich, a post-village of Barnstable co, Mass. in Harwich township, and on the Old Colony Railroad (Cape Cod division), 84 miles S.E. of Boston. It has 2 churches, a newspaper office, a savings-bank, and a national bank. It is partly supported by the fisheries and the culture of cranberries. The township is bounded on the S. W. by the Atlantic Ocean. It has 6 churches and contains other villages, named Harwichport and South Harwich. Pop. of the township in 1890, 2734.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Harwich, a banking post-village of Barnstable co., Mass., in Harwich township (town), and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 12 miles E. of Barnstable. The town is bounded on the S. by the Atlantic Ocean. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2334 ; of the village, about 750.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Harwich. Here's a list of some of the top attractions and activities in the area:
Red River Beach: Start your visit with some beach time at Red River Beach. It's a family-friendly beach with warm waters and soft sands. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and building sandcastles.

Bank Street Beach: Another great beach option is Bank Street Beach. It's known for its calm waters and is an excellent spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. There's also a playground nearby for kids.

Cape Cod Lavender Farm: Take a scenic stroll through the Cape Cod Lavender Farm, where you can enjoy the fragrant fields of lavender and even pick some to take home. They also sell lavender products, which make for lovely souvenirs.

Brooks Academy Museum: Delve into Harwich's history at the Brooks Academy Museum. It's a small but informative museum that showcases artifacts and exhibits related to the town's past, including its maritime heritage.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge: Nature enthusiasts will love exploring the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It's a haven for... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Harwich, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorKenelm WINSLOW (20 April 1635, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (North Plymouth) (White Island Shores) - 11 November 1715, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
male ancestorWilliam MERRICK (15 September 1643, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA (Cedar Crest) (South Duxbury) (West Duxbury) - 30 October 1732, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
female ancestorHannah STURGIS (22 December 1654, Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA (South Yarmouth) (West Yarmouth) (Yarmouth Port) - 17 October 1736, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
male ancestorJonathan KENDRICK (1659, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake) - 5 August 1725, Windham, Connecticut, USA (Willimantic))
female ancestorHannah TILTON (15 September 1663, Hampton, New Hampshire, USA - 9 December 1730, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
male ancestorJoshua MERRICK (1680, Eastham, Massachusetts, USA - 30 April 1740, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
male ancestorEdward KENDRICK (1680, Eastham, Massachusetts, USA - 1743, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
female ancestorDeborah TUCKER (1682, , Massachusetts, USA - 13 February 1746, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))
female ancestorLydia MAYO (12 June 1694, Eastham, Massachusetts, USA - 18 March 1745, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA (N., S., E., W.) (Harwichport) (Pleasant Lake))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Harwich, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorEdward KENDRICK (1680 - 1743) and female ancestorDeborah TUCKER (1682 - 13 February 1746) married 30 April 1713
male ancestorJonathan SPARROW (1695 - 28 December 1790) and female ancestorDorcas VICKERY (13 March 1698 - ) married 12 October 1721
male ancestorSylvanus HOPKINS (14 February 1716 - ) and female ancestorRuth BERRY (19 March 1721 - ) married 30 November 1738
male ancestorAlfred Kelley TAYLOR (21 July 1854 - 28 November 1908) and female ancestorAda B YOUNG (16 October 1857 - 7 March 1902) married 23 February 1876

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