Fun facts about the town of Falmouth…

  • Falmouth is approximately 54.4 square miles—including about 10 square miles of water—making it comparable in size to Fritz Creek, Alaska.
  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Falmouth’s population is 31,532, representing a 4 percent decline since 2000 (32,660).
  • On March 25, 1701, every housekeeper in Falmouth was asked to kill six old—or 12 young—blackbirds, or four jays, by June 15 of that year, or incur an additional tax.
  • Katharine Lee Bates, author of “America the Beautiful”, was born in Falmouth in 1859; today, a street in town is named for her.
  • The Great New England Hurricane in September of 1938 ravaged parts of the Cape including Woods Hole, Falmouth, and Bourne—as well as Long Island, New York, and communities in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
  • During World War II, the U.S. military leased Washburn Island in Waquoit Bay and used the property to practice amphibious assaults; soldiers trained on Washburn were involved in operations in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, and the Pacific.
  • Founded in 1930, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) is the largest, non-profit oceanographic research institute in the world; WHOI’s scientists study the ocean, weather, and marine life, including the sharks and seals in Cape waters.
  • Currently under construction in Washington, Research Vessel Neil Armstrong is scheduled for completion and christening in 2014; WHOI will operate the 238-foot research vessel—America’s newest—and conduct oceanographic research and missions.
  • The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free. The aquarium features 140 species of marine animals including seals, lobsters, spider crabs, and starfish. Note: there is also an aquarium in Falmouth, England.
  • On August 17, 1965, journalist Robert Manry (1918—1971) completed a 78-day trip from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Falmouth, England, aboard his 13-1/2 foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle.
  • Ponder this: Falmouth has a plethora of ponds, including: Green, Bournes, Mill, Eel, Eel (II), Oyster, Salt, Siders, Shivericks, Grew’s, Long, Little, and Great.
  • Talk about great, Falmouth has the most shoreline and coastline of any town on the Cape. On the Falmouth coast, visitors will find Nobska Light, considered by many to be the Cape’s most picturesque lighthouse.
  • For fine cuisine and classic old Cape Cod ambiance, the Coonamessett Inn is a favorite with year-rounders, seasonal visitors­—and brides! More than 150 weddings are held here every year.
  • In addition to Merlot and Pinot Grigio, Cape Cod Winery of East Falmouth offers wines including Nobska Red, Nobska White, and Cranberry Chardonnay.
  • ‘The Knob’ is the name of a small, yet picturesque outcropping of land by Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole; other kinds of knobs are available in town at Aubuchon Hardware, Eastman’s Hardware, Ace, Falmouth Lumber, and Wood Lumber.
  • Liberte’, the Schooner, is docked in Falmouth Harbor from July through Labor Day for tours, charters, and weddings. The 74-foot vessel, owned by Captain Chris Tietje, and his first mate, Jane, embarked upon 149 voyages in the summer of 2013.
  • Coffee Obsession—which has café locations on Palmer Avenue and on Water Street in Woods Hole—abides by the motto “an honest brew makes its own friends.”
  • In July of 2014, The Barnstable County Fair marks its 170th anniversary.
  • In December of 2013, Falmouth hosted its 50th annual Christmas Parade—the largest holiday parade in Southeastern Massachusetts; the parade travels from the Falmouth Mall along Main Street to the village green.
  • The puns have it; great business names in Falmouth include Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream and Inn Season Resorts Surfside.
  • Since 2008, the Naukabout Festival has been held every summer at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds; the event features food, beer, and more than eight hours of music. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ‘naukabouts.’
  • The Falmouth Art Center on Gifford Street offers a variety of classes in mediums including weaving, rug hooking, and ‘an introduction to pastels.’
  • Adelaide Cummings, a native of Memphis, Tennessee and the poet laureate of the town of Falmouth, turns 100 in 2014.
  • Falmouth and Barnstable high schools have had a Turkey Day football rivalry since 1895; in 2013, Barnstable won in a holiday pasting, 47 to 0.
  • Future MLB Hall of Famer, Harold “Pie” Traynor, played for the Falmouth Commodores in 1919. The third baseman played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is the only player to ever successfully steal home in an All Star game.
  • A veteran of the Cape Cod Baseball League, former Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury played for Falmouth in 2004.
  • 100 runners participated in the first Falmouth Road Race in 1973; today, more than 12,000 runners take part in the August event.
  • David Duba, a student from Central Michigan University who was visiting the Cape, won the first Falmouth Road Race with a time of 39:16; Jenny Taylor of Cambridge was the first female finisher at 47:23.
  • Winners of the 2013 Falmouth Road Race—the 41st annual—were, Micah Kogo and Joyce Chepkirui, both of Kenya; Krige Schabort and Jill Moore won the wheelchair divisions.
  • Paul Harney and his wife, Patti, founded The Paul Harney Golf Course in East Falmouth in 1967. Paul, who died in 2011, was a pro golfer who was fourth in the U.S. Open in 1963 and tied for fifth at The Masters the following year.
  • The Golf Club of Cape Cod in East Falmouth hosts numerous amateur events each year and has been chosen as a qualifying course for the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships.
  • Founded in 1977 by Monica Dickens—Charles Dickens’ granddaughter—The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands organization has a facility in Falmouth where volunteers field 24,000 crisis calls a year and pay visits to at-risk seniors.
  • The Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival—held in September at Falmouth Academy—is a fundraiser for The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands.
  • The Falmouth Service Food Pantry provides food for 1,200 households each month to residents of Falmouth, Mashpee, and Joint Base Cape Cod; the pantry also runs a holiday toy distribution program.

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