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 sits in Barnstable's Lothrop Hill Cemetery alongside his extensive family.
Rev. John Lothropp (1584–1653) — sometimes spelled Lothrop orLathrop — was an English Anglican clergyman, who became a Congregationalist minister and emigrant to New England. He was among the first settlers of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Perhaps Lothropp's principal claim to fame is that he was a strong proponent of the idea of the Separation of Church and State (also called "Freedom of Religion"). This idea was considered heretical in England during his time, but eventually became the mainstream view of people in the United States of America, because of the efforts of John Lothropp and others. Lothropp left an indelible mark on the culture of New England, and through that, upon the rest of the country. He has had many notable descendents, including at least 6 US presidents, as well as many other prominent Governors, and government and business people.
Map of TOB seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
Upcoming events in Centerville
Be sure to check out the arts and cultural happenings in all seven villages.