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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Eastham, Massachusetts

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Barnstable is the county seat for Barnstable County
Eastham is in Barnstable County
      Barnstable County (313)  
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      Dukes County (44)  
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1 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — A Whale Bone Welcome
Inviting guests to step through the massive jawbones of a whale may seem an unusual way to say, “Welcome to our home.” But for Captain Edward Penniman, there could be no more appropriate greeting. Born in Eastham, Captain Penniman earned . . . Map (db m111659) HM
2 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Changing Beach Reported missing
The barren sandspit to your right was once the site of the Coast Guard Beach bathhouse and its asphalt parking area. Today they are gone, erased by the forces of the sea. In February 1978, the same winter storm that brought a famous blizzard to . . . Map (db m144092) HM
3 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Coast Guard Beach:A Place Where the Only Constant is Change
The spot where you now stand will eventually be at the water’s edge, and someday it will be gone entirely. Wind and waves continually reshape the shoreline. Through natural processes, the sea is eroding the land. Wind will build a dune, one sand . . . Map (db m141192) HM
4 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Doane Rock
Cape Cod is composed almost entirely of rock debris deposited by the ice age glaciers over 18,000 years ago. Most of this debris, called “glacial till”, consists of clay, sand, and pebbles, but the ice age also deposited larger stones. . . . Map (db m111818) HM
5 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Eastham Remembers
Eastham Remembers 1917 - World War - 1919 Army Chase Ralph A · Collins Bernard C · Clark Henry E · Horton Earl K Camp Brewer Leonard J · Hatch Freeman C · Gill Alfred D · Steele George B Navy Hopkins Clifton · Steele WM Bradley . . . Map (db m147336) WM
6 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Eastham Town Hall
This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department Of The Interior Map (db m141393) HM
7 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Eastham WindmillCape Cod's Oldest
Built in Plymouth 1680 by Thomas Paine of Eastham. Moved to Truro, 1770. Moved to Eastham, 1793. Moved to this location, 1808.Map (db m52648) HM
8 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — First Encounter
One mile west of this site hostile Indians had their First Encounter 6 December 1620 (Old Style) With Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winslow. John Tilley, Edward Tilley, John Howland, . . . Map (db m141405) HM
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9 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — First Encounter MonumentCommemorating the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans Reported missing
On this spot hostile Indians had their first encounter December 8, 1620, old style, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, John Tilley, Edward Winslow, John Howland, Edward Tilley, Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Dotey, John . . . Map (db m51139) HM
10 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — First Encounter PlaqueCommemorating the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans
Near this site the Nauset tribe of the Wampanoag nation, seeking to protect themselves and their culture, had their first encounter, 8 december 1620, with Myles Standish, John Carver, William Bradford, Edward Winslow, John Tilley, Edward Tilley, . . . Map (db m51142) HM
11 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Indian Rock
For thousands of years before the Europeans landed, the Nauset Indians lived beside the marshes of Cape Cod. Among the evidence of their occupation is this community grinding rock, one of four such boulders found in the Nauset Bay area. . . . Map (db m111595) HM
12 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Journey of the Mayflower
After 66 days spent in the cramped confines of a small ship pitching and rolling its way from England across the stormy North Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers gave thanks. It was the morning of November 9,1620 and they had spotted land - the . . . Map (db m141189) HM
13 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Kettles
A bird's eye view of Cape Cod reveals a landscape dimpled with holes. Most of them are nearly round, and many are filled wit water, like Salt Pond in front of you. Geologists call these intriguing depressions "kettles." They were formed over . . . Map (db m63408) HM
14 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Nauset Beach Light Stationa Shifting Landmark
In 1836, in response to numerous shipwrecks in the area, 21 residents of Eastham petitioned the Boston Marine Society for a lighthouse. The first Nauset Beach Light Station was built more than 500 feet east of this spot. Because of constant beach . . . Map (db m141506) HM
15 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Outermost cliff and solitary dune…
”outermost cliff and solitary dune… this is Eastham, this is the outer cape…having known and loved this land for many years, it came about that I found myself free to visit there, and so I built myself a house upon the . . . Map (db m144415) HM
16 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Port de Mallebarre
Fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod, French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed down the Atlantic coast from Canada in search of new lands. On July 20, 1605, he entered here what was then a shallow bay. He named it Port de . . . Map (db m111600) HM
17 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — The Life Savers Reported missing
In the days before electronic navigational aids, the waters off Cape Cod with their hidden shoals held many dangers for passing ships, especially at night or during thick weather. In 1872 the U.S. Life-Saving Service established nine stations . . . Map (db m141194) HM
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18 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — The Outermost House
Author and naturalist Henry Beston came to this shore in September 1927. On the dunes about a mile and a half to your right he built a cottage with two rooms and a fireplace. Here he lived a solitary year in the company of the ocean. His nearest . . . Map (db m111657) HM
19 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — There’s No Place Like Home
Edward Penniman’s career as a man of the sea began at age 11. At 21, he was harpooning with the New Bedford, Massachusetts whaling fleet. By the time he was 29, he was master of his own whaling ship. Captain Penniman’s seven whaling voyages spanned . . . Map (db m111660) HM
20 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Eastham — Workboat of the Marshes
A remnant from Cape Cod's agriculture past, this 1850-era hay barge was a common sight among the working dories, skiffs, and catboats of the area. Wide and flat-bottomed, it was rowed, poled, and sailed throughout the shallow marshes. Salt marsh hay . . . Map (db m63407) HM
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Dec. 9, 2023