"I CAME FROM A SEAFARING RACE ...."
Being surrounded by the sea has left a lasting impact on the people of the Cape. Many have found their livelihood in the sea, fishing or harvesting clams, scallops, lobster, conch, even whaling. Some spent their lives sailing the world's oceans and rivers, venturing to some of the most exotic places on Earth and back. Others engaged in maritime activities on the land, making rope, crafting sails, manufacturing vessels of all types, even turning the ocean itself into salt or harvesting it as ice, both prized commodities.
You can see this today in the boats that
In 1958 Guido Perera, a descendant of original Yarmouth settler Anthony Thacher, gave the Society a historic house on Yarmouth Port’s Common, as well as 50 acres of adjoining woodlands. This generous gift is now the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum and the Historical Society Nature trails. The Museum is open to the public June 8th through October 15th, Thursday through Sunday, with tours at 1, 2 and 3pm. Admission - $3 adults 50 cents children. Yarmouth residents free.
The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth continues to carry out the mission and vision of its founders by collecting Yarmouth’s past, and working to share that past with the local community, as well as visitors from all over the world. The Society, led by a Board of Trustees, has two part time staff members and dozens of active and enthusiastic volunteers. The operations of the Society include the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, the 18th Century Kitchen, the Gorham Cobbler Shop, the Historical Society Nature Trails, The Kelley Chapel, and our administrative headquarters at the relocated and reconstructed Gorham Cobbler Shop (behind the Post Office on 6A). Our Library and Archival Collections are now located there in a climatically controlled archival storage facility specifically designed for this purpose. Our office is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Each year we sponsor lectures, school programs, exhibitions, walking tours, concerts, holiday events, and various other social and educational opportunities for the community. We also have an active publishing program designed to encourage historical scholarship about Yarmouth and make it available to the public.
Future plans for the Society include developing new space for permanent and changing exhibitions and expanding our presence in the villages of South and West Yarmouth. The Society is now working to better present and market the Captain Bangs Hallet House and its surrounding historic sites, as well as the beautiful grounds and Nature Trails that contain so many outstanding botanical specimens.
TO THE CAPTAIN BANGS HALLET HOUSE MUSEUM: Located on Strawberry Lane Common, just off Route 6A in Yarmouth Port. From Route 6 take exit 7. Right on Willow street to Route 6A. Right on 6A about a mile, past the Yarmouth Port Post Office. Turn right onto Strawberry Lane (the Common). The Bangs Hallet House is the second house on the right, #11.
TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS: Located just off Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, on the lane adjacent to and slightly behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office.