Fun facts about the town of Dennis…

  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town’s population is 14,207; the figure represents an 11 percent decrease—1,766 less people—since the year 2000.
  • Including water, Dennis occupies about 22.3 square miles—comparable in size to Manhattan, New York.
  • When Dennis was incorporated in 1793, the town was named after Josiah Dennis, the community’s leading minister; prior to the incorporation, present-day Dennis was part of the town of Yarmouth.
  • The ties between Dennis and Yarmouth have remained strong since then, and today the communities combine to form the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District.
  • In 2011, the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins’ football team won its first Super Bowl title over Wakefield in the Division 2A final, 35-0; the win completed an undefeated, 13-0 season. In 2013, the D-Y Dolphins made the championship game again—in Division 4—but fell to Worcester’s Doherty High, 28-26.
  • In a relatively new rivalry among regional schools, Dennis-Yarmouth High School now squares off against Nauset Regional of Eastham on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Dennis-Yarmouth High graduate, Josh Taves, was named Most Valuable Defensive Player in NFL Europe while playing for the Barcelona Dragons in 1998.
  • Amy Jo Johnson, TVs original Pink Power Ranger, is originally from Dennis and graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.
  • The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League play home games at Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth; the team captured the Cape league crown in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
  • Could this be Vinland? Researchers over the years have found some information—though not indisputable—that they believe shows Norse Vikings, including Leif Ericson, may have visited the Cape long before the Pilgrims. One neighborhood in South Dennis certainly has a very Viking ambiance; the area features Viking Drive, Vinland Drive, Leif Ericson Drive, Norseman Drive, Thorwald Drive, Freydis Drive, Fiord Drive, and Saga Road.
  • One account of a local legend says Scargo Lake in Dennis may be well stocked with fish because a Native American princess—Princess Scargo of the now-extinct Nobscusset Tribe—drowned in its waters.
  • To some, Scargo Lake—located just south of Route 6A—looks like a fish itself.
  • Members of the Nobscusset Tribe referred to Scargo Lake as Nobscusset Pond. The tribe’s burial ground is located next to the pond.
  • Commemorating the region’s Native American roots, Dennis has the following roadways: Wampanoag Trail, Santucket Road, Setucket Road, Shawnee Way, Indian Trail, Siasconset Avenue, and Nobscusset Road.
  • On August 17, 2014, the Dennis Chamber of Commerce hosts a sand castle contest at Mayflower Beach; multiple prizes will be awarded.
  • Another Dennis chamber event—The Taste of Dennis—is held October 16, 2014 at the SeaView Restaurant in Dennisport. Proceeds from an auction at the event will fund a scholarship given in honor of Holly Young, a 2004 DY High graduate and Dennis lifeguard who died following a lengthy battle with Ewing’s sarcoma.
  • Since 1968, Cape Abilities of Dennis has been providing work opportunities for Cape residents who have disabilities. In 2006, Cape Abilities Farm opened on Main Street with a farm stand and greenhouses, and several Cape restaurants feature the farm’s produce on their menus.
  • A plaque by Sesuit Harbor tells the story of a manatee that became stranded there in October of 2008. Though the animal—dubbed ‘Dennis’ by a local school—was rescued from the water off Cape Cod Bay, it eventually died following a lengthy drive to an animal rehabilitation facility in Orlando, Florida.
  • The Dennis Historical Society celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013. In 2014, the society hosts a number of events including lectures on old houses of Dennis (April 12) and Mark Twain (July 26), and an old-fashioned pie sale (July 7).
  • In addition to books, magazines, and DVDs, the Dennis Public Library on Hall Street in Dennisport currently has a Downton Abbey Fan Club, as well as book clubs for fans of mystery, history, and more.
  • Eden Hand Arts opened on Route 6A in Dennis in 1968. There, owner and artist John Carey, still designs the original Cape Cod bracelet.
  • Founded in 1927, The Cape Playhouse on Route 6A is the oldest professional summer theater in America; Hollywood actress Bette Davis (1908-1989), famous for her roles in Of Human Bondage, Dangerous, and All About Eve, once worked at the playhouse as an usher.
  • Cape Cinema on Hope Lane in East Dennis also features a storied history. Opened in 1930 by Raymond Moore—who also founded The Cape Playhouse—the cinema featured seating for 300 and a massive mural depicting a modernist and colorful view of the heavens; the mural, by Rockwell Kent, is still one of the largest in the country.
  • Today, Cape Cinema features independent films as well as simulcast versions of various Metropolitan Operas including Prince Igor by Borodin and La Boheme by Puccini.
  • Next to the cinema, Cape Cod Museum of Art on Hope Lane is open daily; in addition to regular exhibits, the museum offers classes in pottery, drawing, photography, and painting.
  • Together, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Eventide Arts of Dennis, and Cape Cinema host a Red Carpet Gala on Sunday, March 2, 2014—the night of the Oscars. The event features a red carpet, hors d’oeuvres, musical performances, and, beginning at 8 p.m., a live telecast of the Academy Awards on the Cape Cinema screen.
  • During the first half of the 1800s, shipbuilding was a prominent industry in Dennis, with men like Asa Shiverick (1790-1861) and his sons, Asa Jr., David, and Paul, constructing schooners and—later—impressive clipper ships near Sesuit Creek.
  • Known today as West Dennis Light, the lighthouse on the Bass River in West Dennis has a storied history. In the mid 1850s, Warren Crowell of Wrinkle Point aided sailors by keeping a lantern lit in his attic window. In 1853, Congress approved the construction of an official lighthouse nearby, and when completed, Crowell served as Bass River Light’s first keeper.
  • Following the completion of the Cape Cod Canal in 1914, Bass River Light was decommissioned; ensuing years brought new owners, use of the property as a home, and—in 1938-39—the establishment of The Lighthouse Inn, which remains in business today at 1 Lighthouse Road.
  • The Lighthouse Inn celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013, and during the year, the facility hosted corporate events, clambakes, and nearly 50 weddings.
  • Founded in 1952 by Harry Holl, Scargo pottery has been a family business in Dennis since 1952. The studio is run today by Harry’s daughters Sarah, Tina, Kim, and Mary as well as Meden Parker, and together the artists create unique pottery, sculpture, and ceramics. The studio is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dentists in Dennis include Dr. Robert Creeden, Dr. Frank Dahlstrom, Dr. Michael Bittrich, Dr. Linda Fortenberry, and the professionals at Mid-Cape Dental Center.
  • Golfers enjoy great facilities in Dennis at The Highlands and The Pines golf courses. Unrelated to the town, Larry Dennis co-wrote, The Golf Ball Book, a history of the little white ball and its many variations over the years.
  • Hot tubs from Holiday Hot Tubs & Spas of South Dennis can be used year round.
  • The Cape Cod Rail Trail is the longest bike path on Cape Cod, stretching 22 miles from Dennis to Truro.

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