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2017 Life Annual Guide: Lower Cape


Brewster, East Brewster, West Brewster

In search of a community with a remarkable history, a one-of-a-kind topography, countless seaside activities, and fine dining to boot? Brewster is that place!
Situated along Cape Cod Bay, Brewster has always been tied to the sea, and over the years many sea captains have made their homes here. Visitors can explore many of these grand residences,…

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2017 Life Annual Guide: Mid Cape


Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, West Barnstable

The largest town on Cape Cod, Barnstable occupies 76 square miles at the center of the peninsula, has beaches and harbors along both Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound, and consists of seven villages—each with its own distinctive charm. In short, Barnstable is the hub of Cape Cod, and there’s a lot here…

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2017 Life Annual Guide: Upper Cape

Bourne Village, Bournedale, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Gray Gables, Monument Beach, Pocasset, Sagamore, Sagamore Beach

The town of Bourne, with its famous “Cape Cod” shrubberies welcoming visitors to the peninsula and pleasant villages on either side of the Cape Cod Canal, is a top destination spot for visitors and locals. In and of itself, the canal is a must-explore attraction with 13-1/2 miles of…

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It’s been 70 great years for the Cotuit Kettleers

A brief history of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s winningest team

Fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League who tuned in to the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians likely recognized some familiar faces between the foul lines.
Cleveland’s lights-out closer, Andrew Miller, once brought the heat for Chatham, while Cubs catcher David Ross called games for…

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Traditional stories, fresh perspectives: Presenting Cape Cod LIFE’s 2017 student art contest

The goal of Cape Cod LIFE’s annual high school art contest is to inspire students’ interest in local history as we ask them to illustrate six articles covering historical topics from around the Cape and Islands. The articles—and some of the students’ entries—are featured in the Annual Guide issue you are currently holding.
What we have learned in the three years…

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An Audience with the Emperor

Recalling Hirohito’s 1975 visit to Woods Hole

What would compel the Emperor of Japan, visiting the United States to shore up post-war relations between the two countries, to include a side trip to Woods Hole? Pretty much the same thing that brings visitors from all over the world to Woods Hole: science.
During a two-week trip to the U.S. in 1975 with…

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Recalling the Fireworks

For 25 years, the SS James Longstreet was used as a “target ship” in Cape Cod Bay

The SS James Longstreet has slipped beneath the surface of Cape Cod Bay, but not so long ago, this Liberty Ship was a practice target for US Navy bombers—and a source of entertainment for some Outer Cape residents and visitors.
On summer evenings in the…

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When Nantucketers rode the rails

A century ago, islanders could travel from the harbor to Siasconset by train

Unlike many of Nantucket’s quaint cobblestone streets, which have well-known histories, Easy Street’s origin is as murky as the fog that frequently envelops this waterfront roadway. What can be said about the picturesque one-way is that the town officials who chose the name, some time between 1918 and…

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The Harwich Exchange -it was a community cornerstone

Browsing photos and postcards of the Harwich Exchange buildings from the late 1800s to the 1960s, one can observe the development of this community on the Lower Cape. In the earlier photos, Main Street in Harwich Center is merely a dirt road, and those visiting this commerce center are doing so by way of horse and carriage or their own…

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Bells will be ringing

Martha’s Vineyard shop owner revives a Fourth of July tradition

Each Fourth of July in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Vineyard Haven, the joyful sound of ringing bells fills the air right around 2 p.m. Since 2012 a small but dedicated group of volunteers and merchants, led by Jane Chandler of The Beach House gift shop on Main Street, has been…

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