A historic village with modern twist, there is plenty to do in the Barnstable Village Cultural District, a charming seaside village on the north side of Barnstable. A balance between colonial history and 21st century flair, the district is filled with historical buildings, quaint shops, working artist studios and galleries, locally-owned shops, musical and theater groups, and restaurants. The original county seat, the Greek Revival county courthouse (3195 Main Street) is built of Cape Cod granite.  On the front lawn, bronze sculptures of Mercy Otis Warren and John Otis stand tall.

The district  is steps away from Barnstable Harbor, a spectacular backdrop with its working waterfront and panoramic views of Sandy Neck Beach and Lighthouse. Visitors can learn about the harbor and beaches on an eco-tour or whale watcher tour where spotting whales along with seals and dolphins is always a treat.

Step back in time on a self-guided walking tour of sea captain and patriot homes from the 1600's; meet Smithy, a working blacksmith who will share stories about the inmates at the old jail and U.S. Customs House, now home to the U.S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum. Take a guided nighttime ghost walk through the centuries-old graveyard if you dare, led by storytellers from Tales of Cape Cod; or find your genealogical history with archives dating back to colonial times at Sturgis Library, the oldest library building in the United States. From community theater at Barnstable Comedy Club, outdoor concerts, lectures and gallery tours; chatting with the local potter while he creates right before your eyes, or taking part in one of several festivals. Throughout the year the district provides a full day of arts and cultural attractions, experiences, and memories.

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Located in the heart of historic Barnstable Village, 3087 Main Street, Barnstable

The Museum displays early portraits of local sea captains, maritime memorabilia and several rooms with early memroabilia and collections.

Admission is free.

Off season hours call to schedule an appointment to visit the museum or email :  508-362-2982  or info@barnstablehistory.org

 

Barnstable Village Civic Association

Barnstable Village Civic Association

Each of our village associations support our year round and part time residents, playing a vital role in enhancing the best interests of the community;  fostering and promoting local businesses represent the interests of citizens on matters that affect neighborhoods, citizens and quality of life in the villages.

 

Barnstable Village Farmers Market

Barnstable Village Farmers Market

Every Saturday, July-September, 9am-noon at the Grounds of Superior Courthouse Route 6A 

Barnstable Village Farmers Market on Facebook

 

Barnstable Village Historical Map and self guided walking tour

Barnstable Village Historical Map and self guided walking tour

A self guided walking tour in historic Barnstable Village.

Trace history as you stroll through the self-guided tour, and experience the rich historical heritage of this area on the Old King’s Highway.  Walk from the Barnstable House, just beyond Rendezvous Lane to the Unitarian Church and cemeteries, start at any point on the map and follow in either direction. It traces the evolution of the area, hopefully creating a picture of what life was like here in its early history. 

Free maps are available at Cape Cod Art Association, area Barnstable Village businesses and online.  

 

Cape Cod Art Association and Photography Center of Cape Cod

Cape Cod Art Association and Photography Center of Cape Cod

An organization dedication to promoting the creation and appreciation of visual art and artists.   The CCAA includes a gift shop, two galleries for monthly exhibitions and two studios for classes, demonstrations and workshops in a variety of art media.  

3480 Main St., Barnstable

 

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farm located along historic Route 6A in Barnstable Village.

The farm specializes in growing organic fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and native grasses used in land restoration and breed and raise Heritage Breed Pigs for pork. 

 

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Features items and information covering the history of the Life Saving Service as it existed on Cape Cod. Greeting visitors onsite is also the "Village Smithy", part of the Old Jail House, America's oldest wooden jail and museum.

 

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Reverend John Lothrop founded Barnstable in 1639.   His tomb stil lstis in Barnstable's Lothrop Hill Cemetery alongside his extensive family. 

 

Map of TOB seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Map of TOB seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
 

Tales of Cape Cod

One of the first organizations in the country to preserve oral history, via the tape recording of interviews with old time Cape Codders. Tales of Cape Cod preserves and disseminates Cape Cod's unique history in many ways including special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.

 

W.F. Jones House, Museum and Research Facility, Home of the Barnstable Historical Society

Repository for all things Barnstable history.

 

Upcoming events in Barnstable Village

Barnstable July 4th Parade

Barnstable July 4th Parade

July 4, 2017 9:00 am

The 2017 Barnstable-West Barnstable 4th of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 along Main St. in Barnstable Village starting at 9 a.m with activities following at the Hollow.

 

Location: Main St., Barnstable

The National Fine Art Exhibit July 10-August 13, 2017

The National Fine Art Exhibit July 10-August 13, 2017

July 10, 2017 9:00 am

Cape Cod Art Association proudly presents the Fourth Annual Master Artist Invitational Exhibit. This show honors the creative talent of our Master Artist Members. These artists have obtained the highest level of membership within CCAA through a rigorous portfolio review and all have exhibited and won awards in nationally advertised shows.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

July 12, 2017 6:00 pm

Summer Concerts presented by the Barnstable Village Association
Courthouse complex, Courthouse Stage, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and hear some great music while taking in a spectacular view:
July 12 Paul Good
July 26: Doc Raylove and Rich Hill
August 2: Pam Pryor and Night Stage  
August 16: Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys  

 

Location: Barnstable Village Courthouse Stage Rt. 6A

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

July 26, 2017 1:27 pm

Summer Concerts presented by the Barnstable Village Association
Courthouse complex, Courthouse Stage, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and hear some great music while taking in a spectacular view:
July 12 Paul Good
July 26: Doc Raylove and Rich Hill
August 2: Pam Pryor and Night Stage  
August 16: Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys

 

Location: Main St., Barnstable

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

August 2, 2017 6:00 pm

Summer Concerts presented by the Barnstable Village Association
Courthouse complex, Courthouse Stage, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and hear some great music while taking in a spectacular view:
July 12 Paul Good
July 26: Doc Raylove and Rich Hill
August 2: Pam Pryor and Night Stage  
August 16: Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys

 

Location: Main St., Barnstable

Barnstable Village Summer Stroll

Barnstable Village Summer Stroll

August 16, 2017 4:30 pm

Barnstable Village Summer Stroll -sponsored by the Barnstable Village Association
4:30-6:00 PM along Main Street
Free concert featuring Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys 6-7:30pm on the Courthouse Stage..

 

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

Barnstable Village Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Stage

August 16, 2017 6:00 pm

Summer Concerts presented by the Barnstable Village Association
Courthouse complex, Courthouse Stage, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and hear some great music while taking in a spectacular view:
July 12 Paul Good
July 26: Doc Raylove and Rich Hill
August 2: Pam Pryor and Night Stage  
August 16: Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys

 

Treasures Fine Art Exhibit Sep 11-October 15, 2017

Treasures Fine Art Exhibit Sep 11-October 15, 2017

September 11, 2017 9:00 am

Color has the ability to make something stand out and add prominence to a painting. Picture a lone red flower in a field of green or a bright children’s picture book tucked among a shelf of encyclopedias. Artists communicate many themes in their artwork through their use of color. Visit Cape Cod Art Association between August 14 and September 10 to view artwork by CCAA Juried Artists members. Vote for your favorite piece to win the coveted People’s Choice Award.

 

Location: Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Rte. 6A/Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

Barnstable Village Halloween Parade

Barnstable Village Halloween Parade

October 28, 2017 4:30 pm

Barnstable Village Halloween Parade
Starts at 4:30 PM on the County Courthouse Complex
All are welcome.  The Barnstable Village Association looks forward to enjoying their community, young and old, celebrating their creativity, individuality and community spirit.

 

Location: County Complex Main St.