Calendar of Events
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth
The Gorham Cobbler Shop (next to the Yarmouth Port Post Office) is open 9:30 AM-3:00 PM
on Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the year for research and book purchases (508-362-3021).)
January-March, Classroom visitation to Yarmouth schools for programs on Native Americans and their crafts, the Sea
Sunday February 23 - 1 & 3:30PM, February Sunday Salon: “Portraits and Curios”, Join us for an afternoon of
Saturday March 15, 9AM-3PM-Giant Yard Sale at the Yarmouth Senior Center.Donate items to HSOY or rent your
Saturday, May 10 - 10AM Spring TrailWalk with Ian Ives. Meet at the Gate House behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office
Thursday, May 22 - 11AM tour Fall River Historical Society housed in a Greek Revival granite mansion built in 1843. The furnishings and artifacts give a glimpse into the lives of the family that occupied the house. We will also see a costume exhibit, the Lizzie Borden Room and the maritime room. Following our tour we will be treated to an exclusive English “High Tea” just for our group in the Easton House (located next door to the museum). The menu will include an extensive selection of Ashby’s famous English teas, a variety of tea sandwiches, savories and delectable dainty pastries. The cost of the tour and “High Tea” is $28. We will carpool to Fall River. Due to preparations needed for “High Tea”, reservations must be made by May 1st. Call 508-362-3021.
Sunday, June 1 - 1 & 3:30PM “Extraordinary Women of the American Revolution” A dramatization of nine women who made significant contributions to the war for independence. Mercy Otis Warren and Abigail Adams share the stories of the following women: Mary Gray of Yarmouthport, as well as Deborah Sampson, Elizabeth Loring, Catherine Maculay, Martha Bratton, Sybil Luddington and Elizabeth Bergen.. Directed by Cara Caldwell Watson with incidental music and song by Bill Archie. Location: Historic New England’s Thacher 1680 House (located at the corner of Rt.6A and Thacher Lane) Parking across the street at the Yarmouthport Post Office. Reservations required. Call 508-362-3021. Donation $10.
Thursday June 12 - 4PM Gallery Talk at the Bangs Hallet House by Charlie Adams for members, featuring selected pewter items from the family collection. There will be items from England, France and America dating from the 17th to the 19th century.
Thursday June 12 - 5–6 PM Member Reception at the Bangs Hallet House featuring selected items from the pewter collection of Barbara and Charlie Adams. Refreshments.
Friday June 13 - 1-4PM Opening Bangs Hallet House Museum. Selected items from the Barbara and Charles Adams pewter collection dating from the 17th to the 19th century will be on display through July 15th. Continuous tours 1-4PM Friday through Sunday (last tour begins at 3). For information call 508-362-3021
Friday, June 20 - 6-7:30PM “War of 1812 Cruise of Lewis Bay”. As the British blockade tightened around Cape Cod, especially in 1814, action picked up in Lewis Bay. Gage’sWharf on the Yarmouth side of Hyannis Harbor was a focal point for shipping and was defended by breastworks in Yarmouth and Barnstable. Great Island in Yarmouth was fortified. When the British sent in a landing party in an effort to burn a ship they had chased into the harbor, the militia repulsed them. Earlier, at the mouth of the nearby Bass River, a wily Yarmouth Yankee finessed a British ransom demand. Our cruise will take up by some of these historic points. Dick LeGrand and Duncan Oliver will provide the narration. Departs 138 Ocean Street, Hyannis on Hy-Line’s Harbor Cruise Boat. Members $18. Non-members $20.
Friday July 4, 11:30-2PM – Annual Fourth of July Celebration (rescheduled to July 5) at the Kelley Chapel meadow. Member may bring family and guests for this old-fashioned picnic of hot dogs, cole slaw, baked beans and desserts. Entertainment. FREE
Sunday September 7, 1-4PM - “All Around the Common” Open House Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Yarmouth
Sunday September 7, 4PM “A Preview of the End of the World: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938” An illustrated lecture by Shira Gladstone, program director for Historic New England. Shira will present an illustrated lecture tracing the impact and aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938, which caused more than 600 deaths and over $400 million in property damage. This program is a joint presentation of HSOY and Historic New England. Location: the 1680 Thacher House (parking across the street at the Yarmouth Port Post Office). Reservations suggested. Call 508-362-3021. FREE
Saturday September 13 , 11AM- 4PM “The Cape Cod House Tour” Eight private homes in Yarmouth Port, representing full, half and three quarter “Capes” will be open for visitors. At the Yarmouth New Church, architects Sara Jane Porter and Ralph Tolbert, as well as Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England, will present lectures on the evolution of the Cape Cod house at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. Visitors may park at any location and ride the trolley. Local restaurants will provide discounts to ticket holders. This is a joint fund raising project of Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation and the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. Tickets available at local businesses. For information and ticket locations call 508-362-3021.
Wednesday September 17 - Annual Meeting and Dinner. Historical Society members will assemble at the Riverway Restaurant, Route 28, South Yarmouth, at 5:00PM for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with dinner served at 5:45. A brief business meeting and a prominent speaker will close the event. Invitations were mailed in mid- August.
Sunday October - 5-10AM - Trail Walk with Ian Ives. Meet at the Gate House behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office and join a tour of the 50 acre preserve. The 1-1/4 mile walk leads through woodlands and wild flower meadows to the serene setting of Miller’s Pond. For information call 508-362-3021. FREE.
Sunday, November 23 at 3:00PM Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service This ecumenical serviced is offered in the historic Kelley Chapel, nestled in a secluded meadow behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office, Rt. 6A. Sit on 1790 Quaker Meeting House pews in front of the potbellied wood stove and enjoy traditional hymns of the harvest season. Refreshments and conversation follow the service.
Sunday December 7 - 1-4PM - Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll. Visit the museums, bed and breakfasts, inns and businesses along the Old Kings Highway as they welcome you with holiday decorations, tasty treats and music of the season. Gary Albuquerque’s collection of Christmas ornaments will be on display at the Bangs Hallet House and Cape Cod Santa will again be on the porch of the house for photographs, courtesy of Walgreen’s.
Tuesday, December 9 - 4:30-6:30PM – HSOY New Member and Volunteer Reception at Bangs Hallet House.
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