Cotuit is among the smallest of the seven Barnstable villages, covering about 5 square miles. The major part of the village is surrounded on three sides by water: Popponesset Bay, Cotuit Bay and Santuit River.
The village is characterized by its rustic charm and a laid back atmosphere. Sampsons island (accessible by boat or Kayak) is a wildlife sanctuary.  Most of the district is residential, heavily populated by homes of significant historic and architectural importance. The Village also includes:  Cotuit Library and Memorial Park, Bruce Hall of The Cotuit Federated Church, Freedom Hall, Mariners Hall, and the Historical Society/Samuel Doddridge House, and Lowell Park, home of the Cotuit Kettleers.  A small post office, a nine-hole golf course, quaint village grocery store, an oyster company (world-famous Cotuit oysters), a local bar and restaurant and a handful of other small businesses adds to Cotuit's charm.  The Santuit district, the original village center, runs along Route 28 and is an eclectic mix of family owned and occupied businesses, along with the jewels of the area, the Cahoon Art Museum and the Cotuit Center for the Arts. 

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
 

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cahoon Museum of American Art

The museum both celebrates the legacy of Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon, displaying the whimsical mermaid paintings of Ralph Cahoon, along with a collection of 19th and early 20th century American art and preserving the historic building that was their home and studio.   The museum is located on Route 28 (4676 Falmouth Road-508-428-7581).  

 

Cape Cod Baseball League Games

Cape Cod Baseball League Games

A summertime staple! CCBL is a premier amateur wooden bat collegiate baseball league where you may see many future MLB players. Action packed, home-town fun at its best, town of Barnstable boasts two teams, Hyannis Hawks play at McKeon Field, Hyannis and Cotuit Kettleers, Lowell Park , Cotuit.

 

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts

"Do it at Cotuit"-Educate, Entertain, Illuminate, Inspire:  Offering a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions, Cotuit Center for the Arts has established itself as a great place to celebrate the arts in a most unique nauticaly inspired venue. Located on Route 28 (4404 Falmouth Road, 508-428-0669), the center has on-going, year round theatrical productions, art exhibits, classes, programs, workshops and concerts.

 

Cotuit Library

Cotuit Library

Historic public library founded in 1874 specializes in delivery to the homebound.

 

Cotuit Walking Map

Cotuit Walking Map

The Cotuit Historic District is a historic district encompassing the heart of the village of Cotuit in Barnstable, Massachusetts. It extends along Main Street from Lowell Street in the north to Sea Street in the south, and includes portions of Ocean View Avenue and properties on adjacent roads. The oldest properties date to the late 18th century (including the c. 1790 Samuel Dottridge House, now a local historical society museum), but saw its greatest development during the height of the area's maritime industry in the mid 19th century.

 

Eagle Pond

Eagle Pond

A perfect spot for reflection and inspiration, Eagle Pond in Cotuit offers extensive walking trails through the woods (dog friendly).  
The 151-acre Eagle Pond is the centerpiece of the Mary Barton Conservation Area and managed by the Mary Barton Land Trust with help from a dedicated team of volunteers.T

 

Elizabeth LOWELL Park

Elizabeth LOWELL Park

Home field of the Cotuit Kettleers, Cape Cod Baseball League.

 

Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit

DOTTRIDGE HOMESTEAD AND MUSEUM AND FIRE MUSEUM
Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit feature Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and historical kitchen gardens. The buildings are open weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Thanksgiving weekend and during Christmas in Cotuit, the first weekend in December. The archives are available for research, and the Homestead and museums are available for private tours by appointment. 508-428-0461  1148 Main Street, Cotuit.
 

 

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. 

 

Samuel B. Dottridge Homestead Fire Truck and Fire Museum

Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit hold the Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and Historical Kitchen Gardens.

 

Upcoming events in Cotuit

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 5/1/17

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 5/1/17

May 1, 2017 7:30 pm

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars at Cotuit’s own Lowell Park!  We have the telescopes; just bring yourself and your minds full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome).  This is part of our monthly stargazing events that we hold throughout the whole summer, so join us this month and future months to see how the sky changes over time.
7:30-8:30 PM

The rain date for this event is Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:30-8:30 PM.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Lowell Park, 10 Lowell Ave, Cotuit, MA 02635

Elizabeth Mumford: New Works May 3- June 25

Elizabeth Mumford:  New Works May 3- June 25

May 3, 2017 12:38 pm

May 3 – June 25
Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday
Opening reception will be held on Friday May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

Opening Reception for Elizabeth Mumford: New Works May 3- June 25

Opening Reception for Elizabeth Mumford:  New Works May 3- June 25

May 5, 2017 5:30 pm

Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

Travels in Tanzania: Arush to Kigoma with Susan Griffin

Travels in Tanzania: Arush to Kigoma with Susan Griffin

May 10, 2017 6:30 pm

Susan Griffin (from the Barnstable Senior Center) joins us with a presentation on her time spent in Tanzania, where she visited four national parks, the Indian Ocean, and walked the footsteps of the famous primatologist Jane Goodall.

Come join us as we listen to Susan recount her experience with Tanzania’s great diversity of animal and plant life, and the incredible people she met along the way.  We look forward to seeing you here!

Please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Author Reading: The Good Gus Books with Mae Charles

Author Reading: The Good Gus Books with Mae Charles

May 13, 2017 10:30 am

Join us Saturday morning at Cotuit Library to meet Mae Charles, the self-publishing writer of The Good Gus Series children’s books, based off of bedtime stories she used to tell to her grandson.  Bring the whole family as Charles does a reading and signing from some of the books from this fun series!  The Good Gus Books will be available to purchase from Charles during her visit.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02630

Making the Story with Mae Charles

Making the Story with Mae Charles

May 13, 2017 1:30 pm

Come listen to Mae Charles give a presentation on her experience with self-publishing her own children’s book series and all the fun and pitfalls that it entailed.  If you were ever looking for tips on being a self-publishing author, now is your chance to get advice from a person who’s done just that!  Mae Charles’ Good Gus books will be available at the library all day, and her work of nonfiction Misplaced Trust is available to download at the Kindle Store on Amazon.com.

This program is free, but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Legends and Lore of Cape Cod

Legends and Lore of Cape Cod

May 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Join us at Cotuit Library as we welcome Robin Smith-Johnson: newsroom librarian at the Cape Cod Times, teacher of English at CCCC, and writer as she discusses her fascinating book Legends and Lore of Cape Cod (2016).

From Ancient Wampanoag legends like Granny Squannit to some more modern tales and histories such as “Cat’s Alley” or the “Lady of the Dunes”, this book covers a vast landscape of lore that may click in your memory or raise your brow with novelty.  Don’t miss out to learn more about the amazing stories in this book from the author herself.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

The Song of the Lark: Book Discussion lead by Anne Speyer

The Song of the Lark: Book Discussion lead by Anne Speyer

May 31, 2017 6:30 pm

Cotuit Library continues its musical programming with a discussion of Willa Cather’s novel, The Song of the Lark, led by South Dennis Library Director, Anne Speyer.  The book tells the story of Thea Kronborg, a young woman on a journey to become an opera singer at the end of the 19th century.  Cather, one of the most important and influential writers of 20th century American literature, stated in the preface to her novel in 1932: “The story sets out to tell of an artist’s awakening and struggle; her floundering escape from a smug, domestic, self-satisfied provincial world of utter ignorance.”

Anne Speyer was an English teacher for 30 years in Williamstown, MA, before moving to the Cape.  She has been Director at South Dennis for twelve years and has led numerous book discussions at local libraries.  She also edits books, gives talks and teaches community education courses in literature. 

This book discussion is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Mid Cape Cultural Council.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. This program is free, but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Cruise with the Cahoon

Cruise with the Cahoon

June 1, 2017 5:30 pm

Cruise with the Cahoon – Thursday, June 1 (rain date Tuesday, June 6) 5:30-7:30pm
All aboard the Island Queen for a fun and festive cruise in support of the Cahoon Museum!

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

Master of the Maritime: James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

Master of the Maritime:  James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

June 28, 2017 1:01 pm

Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth
June 28 – August 20
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

Opening Reception for Master of the Maritime: James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

Opening Reception for Master of the Maritime:  James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

July 1, 2017 5:30 pm

Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth-Opening Reception.
June 28 – August 20
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

The Brush Off

The Brush Off

July 8, 2017

The Brush Off – Saturday, July 8
A day of summer fun celebrating the Cape’s art and artists. This 27th annual art festival features silent and live art auctions, artists painting live on location, food and music on the Cotuit Village Green. Come experience heart-warming community spirit while benefiting the museum!

 

Location: Cotuit Village Green

At Rest, in Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings 8/23-10/8

At Rest, in Flight:  Cape Cod Bird Carvings 8/23-10/8

August 23, 2017 1:10 pm

At Rest, In Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings
August 23 – October 8
Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635

Opening Reception for At Rest, in Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings

Opening Reception for At Rest, in Flight:  Cape Cod Bird Carvings

August 25, 2017 5:30 pm

Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635