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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Orleans, Massachusetts

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Location of Orleans, Massachusetts
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1Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Academy Place
This small unassuming patch of land harbors two treasures in the rich historical fabric of our town, the Rock Harbor Academy and the original Snow Library. Rock Harbor Academy In 1827, a group of citizens who wanted a place of higher . . . — Map (db m141702) HM
2Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814
Here, Dec. 19, 1814 Orleans Militia repulsed British landing from H.M.S. Newcastle, - intent; burning village and vessels, War of 1812. Town's early commercial and maritime center. Packet's Landing; passengers and freight between here, Plymouth, . . . — Map (db m61489) HM
3Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Benjamin SparrowLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
All nine of the Cape Cod Lifesaving Stations were a part of the USLSS District 2. In 1872, Sumner I. Kimball, then Chief of the Treasury Department’s Revenue Marine Division, appointed Orleans resident Benjamin Sparrow as Superintendent of . . . — Map (db m158783) HM
4Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36500
Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36500 Rescued 32 Sailors From The Tanker Pendleton In 1952 — Map (db m158431) HM
5Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Commemorating the Battle of Rock Harbor
In early 1814, the arrival of British naval ships released from European war duties brought economic hardships to Cape Cod. Provincetown became the headquarters for the H.M.S. Newcastle, captained by Lord George Stuart, as well as the Acasta, . . . — Map (db m158455) HM WM
6Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — East Orleans Country Store
East Orleans Country Store, built prior to 1835 by William Myrick. Later owned by Myrick, Doane & Crosby. Sold in 1858 to lot Higgins and moved to the present site. Run until 1935 by Samuel Higgins. — Map (db m141678) HM
7Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — French–Atlantic Cable Company
French – Atlantic cable company Cape Cod station 1890 – 1959. Oldest cable on Atlantic bed. From storm isolated Cape, first world news of steamer Portland lost off Truro with 200 lives; flashed from Orleans to Brest, France and back over . . . — Map (db m77557) HM
8Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Jonathan Young Mill
Built circa 1720 in South Orleans, later moved to the center of town. It was moved to Hyannisport in 1897. In 1983, the structure was given to the Orleans Historical Society by the Groves family. The society then donated it to the town. Dismantled . . . — Map (db m59979) HM
9Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Keeping the Light for 114 YearsNauset Lighthouse
”All the towers leaking bad. Everything all wet and in poor order Log entry by Keeper Nathan Gill, 1874 Taking care of a lighthouse was demanding. The keeper was tasked with keeping the lights burning no . . . — Map (db m141388) HM
10Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Nauset Beach
Historical Marker Nauset Beach   Scene of Cape Cod’s first shipwreck, Ketch Sparrowhawk, near Pochet - Dec. 17, 1626. Offshore, German submarine attack July 21, 1918. Shelled tug, sank 4 barges. Shells overshot beach and . . . — Map (db m141352) HM
11Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Origins of Orleans
The history of the town of Orleans is closely linked to the town of Eastham, and has deep roots in the original Plymouth Colony established in 1620. For some time, the colonists there had considered moving the colony to a better location due to . . . — Map (db m158924) HM
12Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Orleans Civil War Monument
Erected by the Town of Orleans to the memory of those who died that their Country might live 1861 - 1865 — Map (db m158443) WM
13Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Orleans Honor Roll
Honor Roll Dedicated to the Men of the Town of Orleans Who Served In 1917 – The World War – 1919 Army Bailey George · Baker Warren W. · Betts Charley E. · Chase Fred N. · Childs Adelbert A. · Crowell George E. · . . . — Map (db m144444) WM
14Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Orleans Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial
In honor of the veterans from the town of Orleans who served during the Korean War and Vietnam War Bryant Harland Besse • Richard Sewell Burling • Donald Allen Clifton • Moncrieff M Cochran III • Robert William Corrigan • Charles Abbott . . . — Map (db m165415) WM
15Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Orleans War Memorial
Dedicated in veneration for those who died gratitude to those who served with honor, confidence in the patriotism of those who follow Died In Service S. Hilton Atwood • Albert P. Nassi • Allen B. Walker Erected In Memory Of . . . — Map (db m166817) WM
16Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Orleans’ First Resident?How Did Orleans Get Its Name?
Orleans’ First Resident? Strictly speaking, each of the nearly 1000 persons residing in Orleans at the time of the incorporating act were among the first residents of Orleans. But did they have a predecessor? The historical record . . . — Map (db m158929) HM
17Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Pushed Back by the Sea
Both the lighthouse standing here and the cliff in front of you have had to give away to the power of the Atlantic Ocean. The first lighthouses built here in 1838 were placed over 600 feet east of where you are standing now. As ocean waves ate away . . . — Map (db m63398)
18Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Birth of the Coast GuardLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
On January 28, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the law creating the US Coast Guard by combining the Lifesaving Service with the Revenue Cutter Service. The law put the Coast Guard under the Treasury Department in peacetime and under the . . . — Map (db m158839) HM
19Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The French Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, 1898IEEE Milestone
The submarine telegraph cable known as Le Direct provided communication between Europe and North America without intermediate relaying. In a remarkable feat of oceanic engineering, the cable was laid in the deepest waters of the Atlantic Ocean . . . — Map (db m141616) HM
20Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Incorporation of Orleans
The Incorporation of Orleans The Town of Orleans was born in 1797. On March 1, both houses of the Massachusetts legislature passed, and on March 3 Governor Samuel Adams signed “An act to divide the town of Eastham in the County of . . . — Map (db m158944) HM
21Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Legacy BeginsLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
Shipwrecks and Lifesaving in Orleans date back to the winter of 1626, approximately 170 years before the incorporation of the Town. During that winter, the Sparrow-hawk, carrying passengers bound for Jamestown from England, was wrecked in the . . . — Map (db m158793) HM
22Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Legacy ContinuesLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
For nearly two centuries after the Sparrow-hawk rescue, there were no organized efforts to aid those who were involved in shipwrecks off Cape Cod shores. Those who found themselves cast up on the shores or sandbars of Cape Cod were at the mercy . . . — Map (db m158807) HM
23Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Legacy EnduresLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
In the years following World War I, the profession of lifesaving changed significantly. The widening of the Cape Cod Canal and the removal of the substantial tolls greatly reduced the amount of shipping traffic off our dangerous eastern shore. . . . — Map (db m158911) HM
24Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Long, Black Cable
The long, black cable has carried countless thousands of messages of international finance, personal hope and disaster, and news of war and peace. Now it lies cold and dormant on the deep floor of the wide Atlantic. If you stood here on November . . . — Map (db m63399)
25Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Nauset LightsCape Cod National Seashore
In 1838 the United States Government took action to reduce the number of shipwrecks along this dangerous coast by establishing the Nauset Light. To make the signal easily recognizable three separate lanterns were set on small brick towers about . . . — Map (db m63396)
26Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Schooner Montclair
: Helm from the Schooner Montclair Wrecked on Pochy Bar March 4, 1927 — Map (db m141641) HM
27Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The United States Lifesaving ServiceLifesaving Heritage of Orleans
In 1872, the United States Lifesaving Service (USLSS), a unit of the US Treasury Department, established nine lifesaving stations on Cape Cod. One of these stations was in Orleans, on Nauset Beach just opposite the south end of Ponchet (now . . . — Map (db m158775) HM
28Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Whale of Orleans
Whales and humans have long shared the coastline of Cape Cod. Native Americans harvested whales the washed up on the beaches, almost exclusively for food, long before the arrival of European colonists. While anchored in what would become . . . — Map (db m141867) HM
29Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Three Sisters Lit the Way
These three lighthouses were part of the Nauset Beach Light Station, which originally stood a quarter mile away, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the Three Sisters, this trio of lights provided a landmark for sailors making their way along . . . — Map (db m63400)
30Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Universalist Society Meeting House
Universalist Society Meeting House Built in 1834 This building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1999 — Map (db m141654) HM
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