Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2020

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Page 130 of 147 129 By Jessica Branco N estled in the upper portion of Cape Cod, the 68 miles of coastline that compose the town of Falmouth is a hidden treasure of culture and heritage dating back to the 1600s. Falmouth, first called Suckanesset, is composed of eight villages –Woods Hole, West Falmouth, North Falmouth, Hatchville, East Falmouth, Teaticket, Falmouth and Waquoit. The Upper-Cape town is home to nearly 35,000 people year-round, with the population almost tripling during the summer. Sailor Bartholomew Gosnold left the River Fal, located on the south coast of Cornwall, England in March 1602 and arrived at the Cape Cod town's coastline in May of that same year. Fifty years after Gosnold's discovery, Euro- pean settlers began to move into what is now Falmouth and surrounding towns. Jonathan Hatch and Isaac Robinson were the town's first founders, and the town was officially recorded as Falmouth on June 4, 1686. Hatch lived amongst Native Americans and was a great sup- porter of the tribes. Robinson, who was born in Barnstable, was a minister's son and convinced Quakers to settle in Falmouth, a town known for religious tolerance. Thanks to these two men, Falmouth thrived with a diverse group of farmers, fisherman, trades people, and soldiers. Having soldiers in town came in handy during the War of 1812 when the British threatened to attack. American soldiers lined the shore of Falmouth and protected their colony. On Janu- ary 28, 1814, the British naval ship, the HMS Nimrod, ordered the town to surrender its can- non. The town's soldiers responded with, "You want our cannon, come and get them, but we will have to give you what's in them first." The Falmouth: A Historical Gem on Cape Cod's Coastline This 1933 painting of the HMS Nimrod is by E.F. Lincoln (1864-1934), a Falmouth artist noted for his marine oil paintings This sketch depicting the bombardment of the town of Falmouth during the War of 1812 is unattributed and appears in the publication Residential Falmouth, published in 1897 by the Falmouth Board of Industry. All photos courtesy of the Falmouth Historical Society

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