Massachusetts (MA) Historic Homes and Sites in Cape Cod
John F. Kennedy Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park
Ocean Street and Gosnold streets
This outdoor, oceanside monument, erected in the popular Kennedy retreat on Cape Cod, memorializes the fallen President. There is no admission fee.
Highland House Museum
27 Highland Road
Truro, MA, 02666
The Highland House Museum is located in the former Highland House, a hotel built on the Highlands in 1907. Also near the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, it is a classic example of a turn-of-the-century summer resort hotel. The museum displays artifacts and information about early European settlers and the Native Americans that preceded them.
Hours: June 1 to September 30, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church in Wellfleet
200 Main Street
Famous for its steeple clock, which, according to legend, is the only clock in the world that strikes ship's time. The interior of this 1850 Greek Revival building is stunning, with pale blue walls, a brass chandelier hanging from a gilt ceiling rosette, and curved pews forming an amphitheater. Sunday evening concerts are held here throughout the summer.
80 Parallel Street
Harwich Center, MA, 02645
This 1844 building was the site of a school that offered early courses in navigation. Maritime and Native American artifacts are featured, as are displays of antique glass, photographs, toys, and clothing. Collection includes Charles D. Cahoon paintings, Crowell carved birds, a large cranberry culture exhibit, historic photographs.
Hours: Open late June through mid-October; tours Wednesday through Friday, and at other times by appointment.
Admission: Adults, $3.
Chatham Railroad Museum
Chatham, MA, 02633
Paradise for railroad enthusiasts features thousands of train models, restored train depots, railroad artifacts and a 1910 caboose.
Hours: Second and fourth Sundays of the month, 2-4 p.m., except holidays.
2515 State Highway
The Eastham Windmill is the oldest and last working gristmill on Cape Cod. A visit to the windmill gilves guests a snapshot of the Cape life in the 1700s. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
An annual celebration called Windmill Weekend takes place here the weekend after Labor Day. The fest includes music, food, crafts booths, a cookout, a pancake breakfast, a road race and a parade, and much more.
Hours: Summer, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, MA, 02657
Completed in 1910 to commemorate Provincetown as the first landing place of the Pilgrims. Visitors can walk to the top of the 252-foot granite monument and visit the Provincetown Museum to learn about Provincetown history.
Hours: Open daily, April 1-Memorial Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Labor Day to November 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December to April.
Admission: Adults, $12; senior citizens (62 and older), $9; students age 15 & older, $7; children age 4-14, $4.
250 Main Street
Yarmouth Port, MA
Explore a colonial Cape Cod house with a 20th-century flavor. In 1936, the house was moved down Old King’s Highway to its present location. The house was taken apart beam by beam and reassembled. Today it contains significant collection of antique furniture, hooked rugs, ceramics, and pewter.
June 1-October 15; second and fourth Saturdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission is charged.
347 Stage Harbor Road
Built in 1752, the house has a gambrel roof, wide floor planks. and a beehive oven. Of particular note is the Durang Wing collection of seashells from around the world. An herb garden and the equipment from the old Chatham Light are on the grounds.
Hours: June 8-October 8; hours vary within seasons; call ahead
Admission: Adults, $6; students age 8-18, $3; children age 7 and younger, free.
Osterville Historical Society Museum / Capt. Jonathan Parker House
Parker and West Bay Roads
Osterville, MA, 02655
The Captain Jonathan Parker House, built in 1824, was home to a local schooner captains who made his trade in fishing and transportation up and down the seacoast. The property contains historical maps, 18th- and 19th-century furniture, art, ceramics, and a 19th-century ornamental garden.
Hours: Late May to mid-September, Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private tours by appointment.
11 Strawberry Lane (off Route 6A)
Yarmouth Port, MA, 02675
The original part of this Greek Revival sea captain's house was built in 1740. The kitchen has its original brick beehive oven and butter churn, along with acollection of china, pewter, maritime artifacts, and clothing from the sea captain era. The 50 acre property has nature trails.
Hours: June 1 through October 15, Thursday-Sunday, with tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $3.