our SELF-GUIDED Walking Tours

Historic homes—many owned by sea captains—old inns, houses of worship, charming B&Bs, quaint shops, places to sit and enjoy a meal, and of all things a windmill! ... these are just some of the things you'll find along and around the Captains' Mile and the historic Old King's Highway in Yarmouth Port, and along and around the Bass River and Sea Street in South Yarmouth.

Our five Walking Tour Guides—covering everything from architecture to the possible presence of ghostly inhabitants—will help you make the most of your time with countless opportunities for that expertly framed architectural photograph or the occasional selfie.

Amazingly, some of the buildings you'll pass date back to the 1600s, and are as lovingly maintained now as they have been by generations of families through whole centuries. Their owners know first-hand the joys and the challenges of living in a home listed on the National Register. And, yes, quite a few are also reputed to be inhabited by the spirits of souls long departed.

All we ask is that you respect the privacy of these property owners as you would have others respect yours.

These Walking Tour Guides will open as PDFs, which you can print.

A Walking Tour of the Captains' Mile

• A Walking Tour of the Village of Yarmouth Port

• A Walking Tour of the Village of Old South Yarmouth & Bass River

• An Architectural Tour of the Town of Yarmouth

• Ghosts, Myths & Legends: A self-Guided Tour


The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth owns and maintains over 50 acres of nature trails which are to be preserved as natural habitat forever. This area was once the site of a private golf course, the very first on the Cape. You may even be able to make out the original configuration. Our handy Trail Map will guide you along the marked trails so you won't go astray.

You'll find the Trail Head—along with copies of the Trail Map—at the Tufts Gatehouse, the small building on the lane next to and behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office. Park near the Gatehouse. All we ask is that you keep pets on a leash and carry out what you bring in. Donations are appreciated.

Thank you.

These handy Trail Guides will open as PDFs, which you can print.

• Nature Trail Guide

• Trail Map with Old Golf Course Layout Overlay