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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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oyster pond chatham

Famous in its own right, it just so happens that Chatham also gets to lay claim to several famous names and faces. In fact, you’ll find that several notable people can be traced to the Chatham area, some who currently own homes in the area and some that have moved on, but left their mark on the area.

Harry Connick, Jr.

One such resident is musician and actor Harry Connick, Junior. If you think perhaps you’ve crossed paths with the famous entertainer before on the Cape, you may just be right. That’s because Connick happens to own a summer home in Chatham, reportedly located on Oyster Pond. He’s been spotted before making his way around town, stopping at locations such as Cape Cod’s Four Seas Ice Cream and at the local farmer’s market.

Todd Eldredge

Another

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Orleans sewer installation schedule

Road Construction/Traffic Redirection Information

Main Street Sewer Project

03/28/18 – 04/04/18:  Begin running main line on Academy Place from Main St. to Rte 28

03/28/18 – 04/06/18:  Begin running main line on 6A from Main St. heading to the Hole in One.

04/05/18 – 04/24/18:  Begin running main line on Main St. from the Library heading towards Brewster Cross Rd.

I would anticipate one more library parking lot closure on or about 4/5/18.

04/09/18 – 04/19/18:  Begin running main line on 6A from Main St. heading to the 115 Cranberry Highway

04/19/18 – 04/30/18:  Run main on Main st. from 6A to Old Colony and then up Old Colony to the Chocolate Sparrow.

04/24/18 – 05/01/18:  Run main from Brewster Cross Rd. to Cummings Rd. along

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great island - wellfleet ma

Rich in history and tradition, Cape Cod also allows for plenty of room for natural exploration, with Wellfleet’s conservation trails being some of the best options for enjoying the beauty of the area. There are several ways to experience Wellfleet Bay, from a nature center to numerous conservation trails.

The Bay View Trail, in particular, leads visitors along a windy trail through woodlands. Noted as the longest trail within the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the trail also takes visitors right along the edge of a salt marsh. It’s a fantastic way to see, hear and appreciate wildlife, with a variety of birds coming to the area throughout the year. It’s also a great location to see the unusual sandplain grasslands, filled with rare animals and

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wellfleet harbor actors theater

The award-winning Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater offers an intimate and adventurous outlet for the arts on Cape Cod, with a long-standing tradition of entertaining the crowds. Known more simply as WHAT, the non-profit theater operates year-round, with a 200-seat stage right off Old Route 6 in Wellfleet.

First founded in the mid-1980s, the theater is currently celebrating more than 30 years of history on Cape Cod. The intimate stage is named after the late five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris, a former Chatham resident. Harris additionally once served as an honorary board chairwoman of the theater.

To the theater’s credit, and to its namesake, it’s said there’s not a bad seat in the house, where patrons have the choice of orchestra or balcony seating.

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There’s no doubt that boating is a big part of a Cape Cod lifestyle, and for many that means looking local when it comes to the design and purchase of a boat, as well. That’s why you’ll find many boats handcrafted right on Cape Cod, and designed to sail the local waters.

E.M. Crosby Boatworks

With an impressive eight generations of quality workmanship to its name, E.M. Crosby Boatworks in West Barnstable is a family-owned boatbuilding company, and traces its legacy of family boat building back generations. While you’ll see custom boats come from the yard, family members also service all kinds of other vessels. In addition, workers are known for restoring older boats back to their former glory.

First Light Boatworks & Marine Railway

First Light Boatworks is

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Celebrating more than 150 years of history on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Central Railroad continues with a tradition that’s generations in the making. These days the railroad serves up more of a scenic role, moving through the landscape in an unforgettable way.

The railroad, however, has been a part of the region for well more than century. It actually dates back to the mid 1800s when rail serve first came to Cape Cod. That service then extended to connect several area towns and communities, extending to locations such as Orleans, Wellfleet and Provincetown. At one time even President Ulysses S. Grant is said to have boarded the train.

In more recent years, however, the railroad has turned into more of a tourist attraction, now running excursion trains from

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cape cod museum of natural history

Designed to help tell the story of the natural history of the region, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens its doors for nearly year-round opportunities to explore area wildlife and ecosystems. Through education and conservation, Cape Cod’s Nature Place gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the region.

Although small in size, the museum hosts a number of collections and exhibits, as well as some traveling exhibits for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the location commonly presents lectures, classes, workshops, walks and even field trips, all designed to help visitors learn more about Cape Cod’s natural environment.

Along with the museum itself, hundreds of acres of adjacent land is protected, offering visitors the opportunity to learn

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