The Town of Falmouth
|The town of Falmouth was given its name by explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, the first European to land there. This area was originally home to Native Americans known as the Wampanoag. Beginning in 1660 Quakers settled here, moving in from Barnstable and Sandwich. Falmouth became a homeport to many sea captains and their merchant ships, as well as whale ships built in Woods Hole, West Falmouth, and Waquoit.
With the growth in community came growth in industry. Townsmen began evaporating salt from seawater, producing as much as 35,000 bushels annually. Open meadows provide grazing for sheep used in supplying woolen mills in East Falmouth and Waquoit.
|One of the most important historic events was the railroad expansion into Falmouth and Woods Hole. Although built to serve the Pacific Guano Company, the trains provided easy access of warm summer waters to wealthy residents of New York and Boston, turning Falmouth into a summer resort.
|Today, Falmouth is the second largest town on the Cape comprised of eight unique villages. Covering 44 square miles of land, the town boasts 818 acres of freshwater ponds and 70 miles of seashore. Katherine Lee Bates, born and raised here in Falmouth, is known for writing "America the Beautiful." The lyrics, "for spacious skies," are said to have been inspired by the spectacular views along the scenic coastline.
Here in Falmouth, you will find much to see and much to do. The beaches seem endless, as do the unique shops and restaurants. Golfing, biking, and hiking abound. The calendar is overflowing with never-ending seasonal events like the Wampanoag Pow Wow, the Barnstable Country Fair and Annual Falmouth Road Race. The dress code is casual and the celebrations entertain all. Enjoy your Falmouth experience!
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