Centerville, originally named Chequaquet meaning "pleasant harbor", is located on the south side of Barnstable. On Pine Street is the St. Francis Xavier cemetery, which is the final resting place for Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband Sargent Shriver. The American composer Amy Beach frequently summered in Centerville during the 1920s and 1930s.The village of Centerville, along Main Street, is one of the town's most intact traditional New England settings. The one and one- half mile stretch of Main Street and Old Stage Road, located south of Route 28 features 1800's sea captains' homes fronting on Main Street and are listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.Also on the National Register of Historic Places is the 1871 tabernacle, located in the Craigville Retreat Center (39 Propect Avenue) where you will also see a neighborhood of early 20th century cottages with gingerbread trim. Centerville Beach (997 Criagville Beach Road), a long, wide beach on Nantucket Sound is a favorite of teens and college students, but appeals to all ages.
Centerville 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.
Centerville Historical Museum
The fourteen-room museum includes an 1840 house and contains an outstanding collection of historic costumes, maritime and military artifacts, quilts, Crowell birds, 18th and 19th century decorative arts, paintings, tools, and children's toys and dolls.
Centerville Public Library
In the village once known as Chequaquet they've enlisted the youth of the village known as the "Shell-vers" to engage in library activities.
Centerville Walking Tour
Centerville’s Main Street is a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and is a remarkably intact representation of a 19th century Cape Cod village center. Learn of the people and families who built on Main Street and the rich architectural legacy they left, which largely endures to this day.
Upcoming events in Centerville
Dancing Queen costume exhibit at The Centerville Museum through 12/1
October 21, 2017 12:00 pm
June 2 through December 1
Open hours 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays
The Centerville Museum is Putting on the Ritz this year with the fancy gown exhibit Dancing Queen. You may remember the lyrics from the 1976 hit tune by ABBA –You can dance, You can jive, Having the time of your life, See that girl, Watch that scene, Dig in the dancing queen. In the essence of that excitement and pageantry the exhibit Dancing Queen investigates the tradition and ritual of those occasions like the cotillion, the formal ball, the prom in which an obligatory dress code requires the best gown to be presented. Centerville Museum is presenting 35 historic and contemporary ball and dancing gowns. This collection of formal wear contains a period of fashion design and style from 1865 to the present.
Location: Main St. Centerville