Hyannis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Hyannis Ocean Street
and ever changing times,
Hyannis Main Street
Continues to be a center
commerce & culture
The Mayflower Block
The block containing the Federated Church is known as the “Mayflower Block,” for the famous Mayflower Restaurant, at 334 Main Street. The Mayflower flourished there from 1932 to 1987. One writer called it the “signature stop for Diners in Hyannis.”
Megathlin’s Pharmacy, in the photo , was a mainstay of Main Street for decades . It was owned by CW Megathlin, the first president of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Fire of 1904
On December 2, 1904, a devastating fire began in the east end of town near Center Street, across from the railroad depot. The sound of church bells ringing & train whistles blowing alerted the residents of Hyannis. An east wind blew the fire down Main Street through the wooden structures to Barnstable Road. More than 15 buildings were destroyed , including the telephone exchange, post office and First Universalist Church (later rebuilt as Federated Church, now at 320 Main St.). It was reported that this was the third time that Augustus B. Nye’s paint shop had burned down in 12 years.
Sea captains traveling the world would bring pineapples home as a source of vitamin C. They would put a real pineapple outside their homes, on fence posts, to show it was available inside to the people of the town. Hence it has become a symbol of hospitality.
Reverend Sarah Dixon
The Reverend Dr. Sarah Dixon (1866-1939) was the first minister of the Federated Church, and one of the first women pastors on Cape Cod – along with Reverend Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) in Dennis. The current building, built in 1958, is the 5th on the site since the first meetinghouse was built in 1830. One was destroyed in the fire of 1904. The congregation is nicknamed The Friendly Church with the traditional gilded pineapple over the main door.
The north side of Main Street looking west c. 1910-1920 Courtesy of Barnstable Historic Society
The north side of Main Street looking east showing Megathlin’s Courtesy of Barnstable Historic Society
Main Street 1950s – “Main Street Hyannis, Cape Cod, Mass.”
The Fire of 1904 Courtesy of Barnstable Historic Society
Erected by Rotary Club of Hyannis.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Disasters • Women. In addition, it is included in the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series list.
Location. 41° 39.209′ N, 70° 16.951′ W. Marker is in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection of Ocean Street and Main Street on Ocean Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 344 Main St, 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 Federated Church of Hyannis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle Of The Bulge (about 400 feet away); Hyannis Normal School (about 400 feet away); Kevin Arthur Houston (about 400 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); The Public Service Building (about 600 feet away); Hyannis Town Center (about 600 feet away); Hyannis Public Library Association (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyannis.
Also see . . . The Federated Church of Hyannis History. (Submitted on December 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.