Hyannis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Hyannis Town Center
The Town Center of Hyannis - where town business & commerce meet culture & history
Walkway to the Sea
The Village Green was originally designed as a common for the school buildings that are now town offices. It is a place to relax, play & hosts a variety of entertainment year round. The bandstand was contributed by the Hyannis Rotary Club in 1998. The Walkway to the Sea, marked by the red brick & granite path, winds through the Village Green & the Overlook artist shanties to Hyannis Harbor.
Crossing South Street, to the right (west), is the Hyannis Armory (225 South St.). Built in 1958, it is where President-elect John F. Kennedy presented his victory speech on Nov. 9, 1960, on the morning after his election.
It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Barnstable Town Hall
367 Main Street is a Romanesque Revival-style building, designed by Boston architects Hartwell, Richardson and Driver. Initially it was the site of the three-building campus of the Hyannis Normal School, built in 1897 to train elementary school teachers.
In the main entry is a mural depicting the schooner Red Jacket, painted by local artist Vernon H. Coleman (1898-1978) who created more than 100 murals for FDR’s WPA program in the 1930s. Rumor has it that the ship changes course as the viewer moves position.
The Old Town Hall, presently the location of the Kennedy Museum, is a neo-federal two-story brick building, with a five-bay main block flanked by symmetrical single-story wings. Its entry is distinguished by a semi-circular portico supported by Corinthian columns. It was built in 1926.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. “
President Kennedy, September 1962
President Kennedy loved returning to Hyannis Port. Looking for rejuvenation, he enjoyed sailing his Wianno Senior, Victura, gifted to him by his father when he was fifteen years old, wherever the day’s breeze would take him: Hyannis Harbor, Lewis Bay, and Nantucket Sound. In 1992, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum was founded, attracting visitors of all ages desiring to connect with the President and his family. The museum serves as ambassador to the legacy of President Kennedy, inspiring people of diverse cultures,
The Hyannis Public Library
The library was founded in 1865 by a group of 14 women, led by Rosella Ford Baxter. She became its first president. From 1909 until 1943, Ora Adams Hinckley was the librarian. The library building at 401 Main Street was a former Hallett family residence, built c. 1800. It is a full-Cape structure over 250 years old. It was purchased in 1908 for use as a library, and, with two additions in 1939 & 1974, is still an important part of the library today.
400 Main Street
Hyannis Main Street from High School Road looking east, Images courtesy of Hyannis Public Library
A jaunty ride in Hyannis, Courtesy of Hyannis Public Library
Courtesy of Kennedy Museum Archives
Erected by Rotary Club of Hyannis.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list.
Location. 41° 39.15′ N, 70° 17.063′ W. Marker is in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Main Street, 0.1 miles north of Pearl Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located in front of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 397 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Public Service Building (a few steps from this marker); Hyannis Public Library Association (a few steps from this marker); Main St. Hyannis (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle Of The Bulge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hyannis Normal School (about 300 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Kevin Arthur Houston (about 300 feet away); Roses For Rose (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyannis.
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