Located on the south side of Barnstable, Centerville was originally named Chequaquet (meaning "pleasant harbor"). Located 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.
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
Upcoming events in Centerville
Barnstable Collaborative Summer Reading Kick-Off @ Centerville 6/30
June 30, 2017 10:00 am
Join the folks of the Centerville and Cotuit Public Libraries to help kick-off the summer reading program with children’s song writer David Polansky. David will be holding a children’s concert performing songs from his amazing repertoire of songs for children. An amazing musician and song writer, David creates songs about human nature that both adults and kids can appreciate. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled concert to start your summer off right! 10-12
This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.
Location: Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632