Exploring, preserving, sharing our rich heritage—
so it isn't lost forever.

 

Yarmouth was founded in 1639 by settlers from the Plymouth Colony.
They and those who followed have played an important role in shaping Cape Cod and the nation itself.
But for thousands of years many others have lived, fished, hunted, and died on this sandy penninsula and on the waters that surround us.

The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth was founded in 1953
with a commitment to discover, preserve, and celebrate the history
of this place and all its people
and to keep it from being discarded, misplaced, forgotten—lost forever.

We have dedicated this website to all
who have left their mark here. 
This is their story.

 

Historic Sites

Explore Sea Captains' homes, windmills, grist mills, old inns, churches, and a 1639 farm where an archeological dig peers 10,000 years into the past.

COLORFUL PERSONALITIES

They settled the land, sailed the high seas,
hunted whales, sold ice as far away as India, and spooked kids' imaginations with macabre illustrations.

EPIC EVENTS & DISASTERS

Our people have seen more than their share of major events and disasters—from wars and epidemics
to hurricanes and shipwrecks.

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KELLEY CHAPEL/WEDDINGS

Historic and unpretentious, this non-denominational chapel in a secluded meadow offers a unique setting for a memorable Cape wedding.

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LEGENDS & MYTHS

From a whale that can be killed only with a silver harpoon to places that resonate to this day
with the spirits of former inhabitants.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF OLD YARMOUTH

From the earliest peoples who lived on these lands to the growth and evolution of the town, the villages,
and the people of today.