Introduction to Eastham, Massachusetts

Eastham, Massachusetts is 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Eastham History

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.

Eastham Transportation

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.

Eastham Almanac

County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes02642
Phone Area Codes508
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.83
Approximate Longitude-69.96

Eastham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance11.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 50 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 60 F
Annual Precip46.7 inches
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 52 F
Jul Temp63 to 79 F
Oct Temp45 to 60 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches
Distance40.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 51 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 61 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches

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Eastham Public Libraries

Eastham Public Library
Eastham, Massachusetts
(508) 240-5950

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Eastham Public Schools

Eastham Elementary
200 Schoolhouse Road
ZIP: 2642
(508) 255-0808
Total Enrollment 182
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