Cape Cod Neighborhoods



Now marking a half-century of service to the Cape Cod region, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod is officially marking its golden anniversary. The APCC just turned 50 years old, celebrating five decades of preservation, protection and enhancement of Cape Cod’s most important natural resources.

Under the leadership of a newly appointed executive director, the association works to help protect area wetlands, surface water and groundwater, plus preserve open space in the region. In addition, members work to help with new growth in the region, while at the same time discouraging harmful development, with a true focus on the environment.

The APCC does so by promoting conservation efforts and green energy, plus by keeping a close eye on any climate or energy

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Chatham Light - Chatham MA

Volunteers are gearing up for another summer season highlighting the bright history of Chatham Light. The historic lighthouse often hosts tours during the summer season, offering up the opportunity to get a close-up view of this early 19th century landmark.

The Cape’s second lighthouse, Chatham Light was first constructed in the early 1800s, easily distinguished by its two fixed white lights. Originally consisting of two wooden towers and a keeper house, the lighthouse was no match for Mother Nature, though.

Soon replaced by sturdier, brick towers, it wasn’t the end of the story for Chatham Light. Fast forward a few more decades and erosion began seriously threatening the lighthouse, leading area leaders to make plans to construct two new cast-iron

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coast guard beach eastham

It’s a longstanding favorite of Cape Cod locals and visitors alike, and is seems word is definitely spreading when it comes to the enjoyment of Coast Guard Beach. Dr Beach, a renowned guru when it comes to identifying the best beaches in America, once again just ranked Coast Guard Beach on his list of the top ten.

Coast Guard Beach comes in at number five for 2018, the only beach in the region to make it on the list. This year’s ranking brought the beach up one spot, topping last year’s number six ranking on the list of America’s top 10 beaches.

Around 50 different things are taken into consideration when coming up with the list, including sand and water quality plus beach management and safety records. In particular, it’s noted that Coast Guard Beach

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cape cod bay target ship

It’s not always visible today, but the Cape Cod Bay Target Ship is somewhat of a unique addition to the waters off Eastham. Officially known as the SS James Longstreet, the ship sits several miles off the coast, in the same spot its sat for well more than a half-century.

Named after a Confederate general, the ship is more commonly called the Target Ship by locals. It gets its nickname, unsurprisingly, from the role it played for the military for decades.

Originally built in the 1940s for carrying cargo, the World War II vessel was soon severely damaged in a storm. With the only other solution of turning the entire ship into scrap, the US Navy soon began using it in a new role as target practice.

That’s a role it held through the early 1970s, often making

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cape cod rail trail

The already popular Cape Cod Rail Trail is likely headed north. Crews are now working on a design to extend the trail up into Wellfleet, while at the same time the state purchases a private campground to compliment the new route.

Already, the 22-mile long trail is one of the most popular parks in the state, a place for families and for other bicyclists to get in some fun, outdoor recreation. Open daily from sunrise to sunset; the paved trail is one of the best ways to experience the scenery of the area at your own pace.

From South Dennis to Orleans, the rail trails follows along the path of the old Cape Cod Central Railroad line. You’ll find it’s a great place to stop and have a picnic, or even grab some ice cream along the way.

As you head north, the

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cape cod off roading

After about a year of talks, including a partial impasse that’s lasted for the past several months, the two Cape Cod towns at odds over Nauset Beach patrols and revenue just signed off on a short-term agreement. Until now, selectmen from Chatham and Orleans hadn’t been able to come to an agreement at all.

The newly signed, one-year agreement means Chatham will now patrol its own portion of the barrier beach and keep 25-percent of permit revenue paid by non-residents for off-road vehicle stickers. At the same time, Orleans gets to keep 75-percent of the money earned from non-residential permit sales.  

While the two towns do get to keep funds gained from residential and property owner beach stickers, the funds coming from non-residents in the past only

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Ryder's Cove Chatham MA

The real estate market is hot in many areas of the country right now, and North Chatham is certainly no exception. In fact, realtor.com just declared North Chatham as number ten on the list of places with the nation’s hottest luxury neighborhoods.

The website credits some of this to wealthy northeasterners in search of a destination outside of the big city. With high demand right now and a limited supply of homes to work with, it’s meant a big boost in home prices.

Right now, the median home list price in North Chatham tops $1.59 million, though a number of the homes in North Chatham currently on the market are easily in the multi-million dollar range. Many homebuyers who’ve come to the area in recent years have snatched up some of the old cottages and

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stony brook grist mill - brewster ma

With a picturesque setting and well more than a century of history to its name, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is perhaps one of the most recognizable sites in Brewster. First constructed in the late 1800s, the mill and accompanying museum are the only remaining structures left from the old Factory Village, a once prominent industrial section of Brewster.

Generations ago, the grist mill was extremely important to Cape Cod, grinding up barley, rye and corn for the area with its water-powered wheel. Later abandoned, the Town of Brewster eventually purchased the mill and property around 1940.

In more recent years, a larger water wheel was installed as part of a restoration project aimed at bringing the grist mill back to operation, much as it was in the

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highland light - truro ma

A fixture of North Truro, Highland Light continues to shine bright above the Cape Cod National Seashore, with more than two centuries of history to its name. Now owned by the National Park Service, the light is the tallest and oldest such fixture on all of Cape Cod and still used to this day by the US Coast Guard.

While the current tower has only stood since the mid 1850s, two previous towers have marked the area for generations. The first tower went up in the late 1700s, followed by a second tower in the 1830s.

In fact, former President George Washington first authorized a light station in the area, with a wooden lighthouse to help warn ships about the dangers posed by the Cape Ann to Nantucket coastline. At the time it was the first Cape Cod light,

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cape cod symphony

Cape Cod is full of fantastic beaches and historic sites, but one Cape attraction truly presents a great night out. The Cape Cod Symphony traces its roots back more than a half-century, now maintaining its role as one of the largest symphonies of its kind in the entire state of Massachusetts.

Around 75 musicians and soloists make up the symphony, which also brings in some guest artists. Past artists have included the Vienna Boys Choir and renowned cellist and prodigy Yo-Yo Ma.

Generally the artists take the stage at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. The center is found within the campus of Barnstable High School. Upcoming productions include Haydn to Brahms later this month and a tribute to some of the most popular Broadway shows and songs

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