Town of Yarmouth
Yarmouth, a town with the best of both worlds; the busy, bustling area around Route 28 and the quaint, quiet, historic area surrounding Route 6A. Depending on what the day brings, visitors can decide to meander among the antique shops, museums, marshes and beaches off historic Kings Highway (Route 6A) or play miniature golf, eat ice cream and jump on the tramps along Route 28.
Yarmouth History and Information
Yarmouth originally covered the areas now considered Dennis, Brewster, Chatham and Barnstable. Incorporated in 1639, Yarmouth relied on farming and the maritime industry for their economic growth. Yarmouth Port and South Yarmouth were extremely active ports during the 1800’s which brought a fair amount of wealth to the area, which is reflected in the large historical homes along Route 28 and the Old Main Street area and especially along Route 6A. These days Route 6A and Route 28 offer different worlds in the same town. Route 6A is filled with historic homes, bed and breakfast accommodations, antique shops and small restaurants, while Route 28 offers souvenir shops, motels and hotels, large family restaurants and fast food. Both are catering to Yarmouths booming tourist industry in their own way, brought on by the building of the railroad in the 1800’s. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Yarmouth Historical Society nature trails are among the best on Cape Cod. They wander through local marshes and conservation areas. Maps and trail guides to regional geology, flora and fauna are available at each trail’s entrance. The Bass Hole boardwalk crosses the marsh at Gray’s Beach, which offers free public parking and facilities. Other walking trails include Horse Pond Trail off Higgins Crowell Road; the Dennis Pond Trails off Willow Street and the 2.4-mile Callery-Darling Trail.
Points of Interest
1 Bass Hole – This area, once a shipyard in the mid-1800s, comes to life during the summer with visitors. People come to picnic, enjoy the natural beauty and walk down the Cape’s longest boardwalk. Nearly 150 years ago, the Bray family built ships here. These vessels used to sail straight into Cape Cod Bay from the inlet. However, due to coastal erosion, weather and time, it is now only accessible by boat or small craft. Located on Gray’s Beach at the end of Center Street.
2 Baxter Grist Mill – This is the only underwater turbine-powered mill on Cape Cod. Originally built in 1710, it was first restored in 1961 and then again in 1989. Currently operational, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
3 Indian Burial Ground – An 18th Century burial plot for Yarmouth Indians, this site features a plaque commemorating their honored dead. The last of these native peoples disappeared from the area around the time of the Civil War. Located next to Long Pond on Memorial Drive.
4 Judah Baker Windmill – Located on Bass River, this windmill has a rich history. Built in 1791, townspeople used to hoist flags on top of the mill when ships arrived to collect cornmeal supplies. Located on River Street off Route 28.
5 Winslow Crocker House – This structure was originally built in West Barnstable around 1780. In 1936, Mary Thatcher purchased and moved it to Yarmouth Port for restoration. Visitors to the home can view a variety of antiques, and vintage American furniture. Located on Thatcher Road off Route 6A.
6 Yarmouth Herring Run – During the spring months of April and May, herring fill these quiet streams that run along the end of Long Pond on Gray Road.
7 Yarmouth Village Pump – About 112 years ago, townspeople visited this stone trough and manually pumped their own daily or weekly water rations. A true reflection on the pre-mechanized aspect of 19th Century Cape Cod life, it is located on Summer Street off Route 6A.
- Bass River Beach
- Parkers River Beach
- Seaview Beach
- Colonial Acres Beach
- Dennis Pond Beach
- Englewood Beach
- Bay View Beach
- Flax Pond Beach
- Gray’s Beach- The only beach on the North side of Yarmouth. Great boardwalk for sunset walks.
- Long Pond Beach
- Salt Box Beach
- Smugglers Beach- At the mouth of the Bass River, a good place for the family to swim, fish, and boat. Many hotels, restaurants and shops in the vicinity.
- South Middle Beach
- Windmill Beach
- Sea Gull Beach- The most popular beach in Yarmouth. There’s plenty of parking, a boardwalk and plenty of beach sports being played if the mood strikes you. Parking is $8 in season.
Bayberry Hills 508-394-5597
Bass River Golf Course 508-398-9079
Blue Rock Golf Course 508-398-9295
Kings Way Golf Course 508-362-8870