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Barnstable takes its name from Barnstaple, Devon, England. The area was first explored by Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602. It was one of the first towns to be settled in Plymouth Colony, one year behind Sandwich, in 1638, and was incorporated in 1639. The early settlers were farmers, led by the Reverend Joseph Hull, the founder of Barnstable. kids.kiddle.co

Included in Barnstable are: Centerville, Cotuit, Craigville, Cummaquid, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marston Mills, Newtown, Osterville, Oyster Harbors, Pimlico, Pondsville, Santuit, Wianno.
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  • 1637 - Barnstable is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1638 - Barnstable is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1780 - THE DARK DAY OF 1780
    Immortalized by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), the poem entitled “Abraham Davenport,” vividly described this celebrated weather event that occur...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - BARNSTABLE. [Pop. 4,301. Inc. 1639.]
    The Indian name was Mattacheeset, which nearly resembles the name of the State. Barnstable is the County Town.

    This town extends across the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Barnstable
    Barnstable, a port of entry, and seat of justice of Barnstable county, Massachusetts, on the south side of Barnstable Bay, which opens into Cape Cod B...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - A young man found a skunk in his cellar at Barnstable, Mass.,
    and carefully let down a piece of meat covered with arsenic to the floor, as he thought. It was afterwards found that the bait had been lowered into t...Read MORE...


  • Barnstable Massachusetts, 1890
    BARNSTABLE extends across the western portion of Cape Cod from shore to shore. It has Yarmouth on the east and Mashpee and Sandwich on the west, and c...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Barnstable
    Barnstable, a port of entry, capital of Barnstable co.., Mass., on a bay of the same name, which is a part of Cape Cod Bay, and on the Old Colony Rail...Read MORE...


  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Centerville, Massachusetts
  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Camp Opechee, Wequaquet Lake, Centerville, Mass.
  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Congregational Church, Centerville, Mass.
  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Unitarian Church
  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office and Costom House
  • 1916
    Barnstable, a port of entry, capital of Barnstable co., Mass., on a bay of the same name, which is a part of Cape Cod Bay, and on the New York, New Ha...Read MORE...


  • Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
    Refrigerating Plant for Cranberry Canners, Inc. at Barnstable, Massachusetts

    Visitors to Cape Cod will be interested in this Cranberry Refrigerating plant at Barnstable (with a duplicate at Chatham) where vine-ripped cranberries are quickly... Read MORE...



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Camp Opechee, Wequaquet Lake, Centerville, Mass.


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Congregational Church, Centerville, Mass.

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Post Office and Costom House

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Refrigerating Plant for Cranberry Canners, Inc. at Barnstable, Massachusetts

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  • 1637 - Barnstable is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1638 - Barnstable is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1780 - THE DARK DAY OF 1780
    Immortalized by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), the poem entitled “Abraham Davenport,” vividly described this celebrated weather event that... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - BARNSTABLE. [Pop. 4,301. Inc. 1639.]
    The Indian name was Mattacheeset, which nearly resembles the name of the State. Barnstable is the County Town.

    This town extends across... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Barnstable
    Barnstable, a port of entry, and seat of justice of Barnstable county, Massachusetts, on the south side of Barnstable Bay, which opens into Cape Cod... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - A young man found a skunk in his cellar at Barnstable, Mass.,
    and carefully let down a piece of meat covered with arsenic to the floor, as he thought. It was afterwards found that the bait had been lowered into... Read MORE...

  • Barnstable Massachusetts, 1890
    BARNSTABLE extends across the western portion of Cape Cod from shore to shore. It has Yarmouth on the east and Mashpee and Sandwich on the west, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Barnstable
    Barnstable, a port of entry, capital of Barnstable co.., Mass., on a bay of the same name, which is a part of Cape Cod Bay, and on the Old Colony... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Barnstable, a port of entry, capital of Barnstable co., Mass., on a bay of the same name, which is a part of Cape Cod Bay, and on the New York, New... Read MORE...

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