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Popular for its bay beaches, its deep-sea fishing and its quaint location, historic East Dennis is filled with generations of charm. Steep in history, it’s not hard to take a step back in time when visiting or laying down roots in the region.

As one of the five villages of Dennis, East Dennis is known for its historic homes and businesses. Generations ago, the old Shiverick’s Shipyard sat in East Dennis. A plaque now marks the spot, plus another plaque indications the location of the very first salt works business in the area.

The landmark Evangelical Free Church still stands on Center Street, as do a number of historic old homes. In fact, many locals in East Dennis can trace their families on the Cape back for generations.

The coveted Sesuit

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Salt became a great necessity for early New England life.  It was needed to help support the area’s fishing industry by preserving fish.  At one time in history much of that needed salt had to be imported.  However, that all came to a virtual halt when the British government began demanding a tax on the salt.  Imports of salt shut down during the Revolutionary War.  To help fill the need of fishermen, the Cape Cod region was forced to rise to the occasion.

That’s where Captain John Sears came into play.  The East Dennis captain came up with the design for an efficient salt works.  The idea was to evaporate seawater to make salt.  During the first season, the shallow wooden vat only made about eight bushels of salt.  By 1778 he found a way to pull up

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From the cool calm waters to the fantastic restaurants, there are all kinds of options to explore while on Cape Cod.  We found a variety of places to go to tempt your taste buds and fulfill your adventurous side while exploring East Dennis.

The Marshside

Our first stop is at The Marshside, a casual restaurant overlooking Sesuit Creek.  The dining location serves up fresh seafood, burgers, sandwiches and salads for lunch, along with the addition of items like chicken, beef stew and meatloaf for dinner.

Open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, you’ll find The Marshside right on Bridge Street in East Dennis.  The location also offers convenient take-out service.

Lost Dog Pub

Originally opened in the US Virgin Islands, Lost Dog Pub is now a favorite of

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