Introduction to Eastham, Massachusetts
Nauset Indians were the original settlers in this region. The community of Eastham, which was founded by Thomas Prence and a group of pilgrims from Plymouth, was officially incorporated in 1651. The towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and a tiny portion of Chatham were originally included within the Eastham town. Railroads arrived in 1870, which enabled the shipping of asparagus, cranberries, oysters, cod, and mackerel. After the Cape Cod National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, Eastham became known as the "Gate" to this seashore.
Eastham and Nearby Attractions
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Eastham Center Historic District
- Wiley Park Beach
- Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts
- Josiah Dennis House
- Nickerson State Park
Things To Do In Eastham
Eastham has several sites that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Nauset Light, also referred to as Nauset Beach Light, is a lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Eastham Windmill, Cape Cod's oldest windmill, is also located in Eastham. The Schoolhouse Museum includes exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural background of the area. The Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts has seven galleries which showcase the art of artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. The town of Eastham also includes a number of beaches such as Campground Beach, Boat Meadow Beach, Thumpertown Beach, Dyer Prince Beach, First Encounter Beach, and Sunken Meadow Beach. These beaches offer the opportunity for various games and other activities. Hiking and cycling can also be enjoyed on the Doane Loop Trail, the Buttonbush Trail, and the Red Maple Swamp Trail. The community celebrates the Hands on the Arts Festival every year.
Air transportation is available from the Logan International Airport.
Eastham Higher Education
The Bridgewater State College, University of Massachusetts, and Massasoit Community College are all located close to Eastham.