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Harwich was originally known as Satucket until it was incorporated as a town in 1694. After incorporation the town was then named for the famous seaport in England. The commercial growth of cranberries began in the Pleasant Lake section of Harwich in 1844. Cranberry farming is still a big industry in Harwich.

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Beach

Location

Red River
Uncle Vennie's Rd.
Pleasant Bay
Route 28
Earl Road
Earl Rd.
Bank Street
Route 28
Sand Pond
Great Western Rd.
Long Pond
Cahoons Dr.
Fernandes Bog
Long Pond Dr.
Legend              R = Residents only Beach
= Lifeguard      = Food      = Shower      = Restrooms
= Camping      = Swimming Lessons      = Public Parking (Cost varies)
Parking Information
Stickers :Resident stickers cost $10. Temporary resident stickers cost $40 per week, $55 for two weeks, $75 for the season.
Parking : Daily parking is $10 at Red River Beach, Earle Road Beach and Long Pond Beach. Stickers available at the Community Center at 100 Oak St. in Harwich from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

Places of Interest

  • Harwich Historical Society: Brooks Academy Builidng, 80 Parallel Street
  • Brooks Academy and Park: Originally constructed as a Seminary in 1804, this building is now the Harwich Historical Society Museum. It features many fascinating regional Native American artifacts. These, along with Sandwich glass, vintage photos, documents and magazines, make the museum an important historic collection . Brooks Park, home of the Cape Baseball League's Harwich Mariners, also hosts numerous town band concerts and craft fairs throughout the season. Both are located on Route 39.
  • Cranberry Bogs: For more than 127 years, Harwich has lead Southeastern Massachusetts in the harvesting of cranberries. Scattered throughout the town, these bogs are always a spectacle. In the winter, they flood over and are often used for ice skating. In September the town celebrates this heritage with its annual Cranberry Harvest Festival. Events include parades, a craft fair, concerts and fireworks.
  • 1812 Cannons: Guarding the outskirts of beautiful Brooks Park, these cannons were originally used in the War of 1812. Located on Route 39.
  • Harwich Junior Theatre: This playhouse holds professionally taught workshops in theatrics and music. Although its productions are geared towards children, they draw audiences of all ages. Located on Route 28 in West Harwich.
  • Old Powder House: Located across the street from Brooks Academy on Route 39, this munitions structure was moved from where it stored gunpowder for weaponry during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.
  • Brooks Free Library: A walk through this library's doors reveals objects d'art and bookcases of historical literature and documents. There are also regular rotating exhibits donated by the Friends of the Brooks Free Library. Located on Route 39.
  • Wychmere Harbor: Surrounded by marshlands and elegant drinking/dining establishments, this inlet moors boats of all varieties. A great place to view the windswept waters of Nantucket Sound. Located off Route 28.

Town of Harwich

 

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