The town of Mashpee has a fascinating history—and boasts a well-known shopping complex as well as relaxing beaches and open space areas.
In the years following King Phillip’s War (1675 to 1678), many Wampanoag Indians were resettled to a reservation in Sandwich, land that in 1870 would become the town of Mashpee. A large percentage of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe live in the area today, and visitors can learn about the tribe at the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum. Housed in a renovated home that dates to 1793, the Main Street museum displays artifacts including Native American tools and weapons.
Nearby, the Mashpee One Room Schoolhouse offers a hint at what school was like for Wampanoag children during the 1800s. In addition, the Old Indian Meetinghouse is an attractive architectural structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Offering 278,946 square feet of retail shops, restaurants and more, Mashpee Commons offers more than 100 businesses including an organic market, an art bar, a surf shop and Starbucks! Browse several high-quality clothiers, or purchase unique gifts and a smoothie. While you’re here, why not take in a Regal Mashpee movie! Hungry? Try Burrito Bistro’s Thai or spicy ranch options, or a Cape Cod Reuben at Bobby Byrne’s. Popular with CAPE COD LIFE staffers, the Lanes Bowl & Bistro offers bowling and bar fare—not to mention a summer bocce league! Minutes away, visitors will find more great shops, salons and restaurants at South Cape Village.
Speaking of recreation, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum is a good place to bring the kids for hours of educational and engaging activities. Mashpee also has a few beaches overlooking Nantucket Sound, including South Cape Beach State Park. In addition to sunbathing, visitors can explore kettle ponds and marshland on a one-mile walking trail. Other trails can be found in town at the Quashnet River Area and the Lowell Holly Reservation.
To complete a great summer day in a perfect Popponesset way, head to the Lure Raw Bar for an overflowing lobster roll and a refreshing rum punch. The ocean view is on the house.