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. 

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.

 

Chapman Art Gallery

Chapman Art Gallery

There is no better reminder than a painting created by an artist with their own hands. Most of Steven Chapman's art can bring back a fond and loving memory from the past or dream.  He has brought together some of the most talented artists who bring to the canvas the best New England has to offer. Chapman Art Gallery will be known for not only New England artists but for national and international artists as well.  We will continue to grow with the ever-changing world in which we live by offering art that will satisfy anyone’s palate.

 

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. 

 

Map of TOB seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Map of TOB seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
 

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

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

Trevor the Juggler 7/3

Trevor the Juggler 7/3

July 3, 2017 3:00 pm

Cotuit Library continues its Summer Reading Program with a reading-themed show by Trevor the Juggler at Freedom Hall! Cape Cod native Trevor Pearson has been juggling for over 18 years. He performs at a wide variety of events and teaches juggling at schools, camps, and private lessons. He is known for his great rapport with children and very fun children’s shows.

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

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Night Lights with Storyteller Diane Edgecomb 7/5

Night Lights with Storyteller Diane Edgecomb 7/5

July 5, 2017 7:00 pm

The Cotuit and Marstons Mills Libraries are teaming up to bring a night of storytelling with Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence winner Diane Edgecomb. She will be reading lyrical legends of fireflies and stars, tales from lands such as Greece, Estonia, Native America, and more! There will also be a firefly craft and some Glo swag! Come down to Cotuit Library for this super fun event!
7-8 pm

 

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

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/7

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/7

July 7, 2017 1:00 pm

The Friends of Cotuit Library are once again having their annual Book Sale! This year it will be at Freedom Hall, as opposed to on the green at Cotuit Library. Paperbacks are $0.50 and Hardcovers are $1.00. Don’t pass up these great deals on books!

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/8

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/8

July 8, 2017 8:00 am

The Friends of Cotuit Library are once again having their annual Book Sale! This year it will be at Freedom Hall, as opposed to on the green at Cotuit Library. Paperbacks are $0.50 and Hardcovers are $1.00. Don’t pass up these great deals on books!

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Family Movie: Sing 7/8

Family Movie: Sing 7/8

July 8, 2017 7:00 pm

Koala Buster Moon makes a last ditch effort to try and save his aging theater hall by hosting the world’s greatest singing competition featuring five contestants: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. This movie is rated PG. Popcorn will be provided.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 7-9pm

 

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

The Brush Off 7/8

The Brush Off  7/8

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

Children's Concert with Kathleen Healy 7/11

Children's Concert with Kathleen Healy 7/11

July 11, 2017 3:00 pm

This summer Kathleen Healy will be a part of Cotuit Library’s summer reading program by putting on a children’s concert at the library. Kathleen is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say saltwater runs through her veins.  Kathleen writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice: perfect for music for children. We are very pleased to be able to share her music with the children of the community. All are welcome, so bring the whole family! 3pm

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

 

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

Campfire Sing-A-Long with Lori Pilla 7/11

Campfire Sing-A-Long with Lori Pilla 7/11

July 11, 2017 7:00 pm

Join Cotuit Library and the lovely Lori Pilla at Ropes Beach for some fun and songs around the fire. Lori is a musician and valued patron at Cotuit Library and will be playing guitar and singing songs for all to enjoy. There will even be marshmallows provided, so don’t miss out on an evening of fun and music!

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 7pm

 

Location: Ropes Beach

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod with Christopher Setterlund 7/12 6:30 pm

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod with Christopher Setterlund 7/12 6:30 pm

July 12, 2017 6:30 pm

Christopher Setterlund is a Cape Cod resident and has been writing for over 20 years.  Not liking to subscribe to writing any one genre, Chris has allowed his love of travelling and writing to become his life.  As a result, he has published three travel books: one on Cape Cod, one on Martha’s Vineyard, and one on Nantucket. Continuing his informational works on Cape Cod, Chris’ newest books Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod features some of the most beloved and popular establishments ever to exist on the Massachusetts peninsula. Come meet Chris as he discusses this new work of his and purchase a copy for yourself at Cotuit Library this summer. You may encounter some places you’ve never heard before, or be reminded of some long-enjoyed favorite establishments of yours. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk!

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

 

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

Pop Art Collage with Michael Albert 7/18

Pop Art Collage with Michael Albert 7/18

July 18, 2017 3:00 pm

New York Pop Artist & Author Michael Albert will be bringing his famous “Modern Pop Art Experience” program & Cereal Box Collage workshop to Cotuit Library as part of our Summer Reading Program. This will be his first visit to Cotuit! He is especially excited & honored to have the opportunity of sharing his art & story with a new community. The Summer Reading Program is one of his preferred venues.  3pm

At Albert’s 2-hour program all participants are invited to meet the artist, hear a short presentation by the artist about his life & work, view a collection of prints of his handmade masterpieces, and then create their own collage in his style using the same materials he likes to use, namely the printed cardboard packages of consumer products (including but not limited to Cereal Boxes, which are his favorite!) Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including, but not limited to, cereal boxes.

Finally, all participants will receive a special art gift, compliments of the artist. They can each pick one of a selection of about 20 of his self published limited edition prints which he will give out & sign for FREE as a special thank you for attending. All teachers & art educators who attend will receive an additional free poster to bring back to their schools. Don’t miss out on this creative event!

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

 

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

Irish Dancing with Sean Murphy 7/24

Irish Dancing with Sean Murphy 7/24

July 24, 2017 6:30 pm

Learn about the history of Irish dance and watch videos showing people of all ages and different skill levels dance their steps. There will be a short lesson for anyone who would like to experience the dance. No previous dancing experience is needed, and you do not need to bring a partner.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 6:30 pm

 

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

Jack the Lego Maniac 7/25

Jack the Lego Maniac 7/25

July 25, 2017 3:00 pm

Jack “The Lego Maniac” McCarthy is a certified Massachusetts Elementary school teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience, including over 5 years of special education experience and is currently a 5th grade teacher at the New Bedford Public School system. During the summers Jack loves bringing his love of Legomania to local schools and libraries, and that is exactly what he will be doing at Cotuit Library for our Summer Reading Program. Jack will be showing us the joys of creativity and building things with your hands with his multitude of Legos and wonderful personality. Don’t let your kids miss out on this wonderful chance to build with Legos with a true Lego Maniac! 3 pm

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

 

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

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 7/26

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 7/26

July 26, 2017 8:30 pm

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars!  This is the first of several stargazing events we’ll be holding for the summer months, and Cotuit Library has everything you need to participate!  We have the telescopes, just bring yourself and your minds full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome!).

The rain date for this event will be Friday, July 28th at 8:30 pm.

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

 

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

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

Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper 10/11-11/19

Contemporary Silhouettes:  The Art of Cut Paper  10/11-11/19

October 11, 2017 1:19 pm

Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper
October 11 – November 19
Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 13 from 5:30 to 7:00pm


Cutting portraits, generally in profile from black card, became popular in the mid-18th century and the tradition has continued into the 21st century. Silhouettes represented a cheap but effective alternative to the portrait miniature. The group of contemporary artists in this exhibit draw upon the tradition of silhouettes as well as many folk traditions for inspiration, including Scherenschnitte, kirigami, Wycinanki, and others to create custom papercuttings, and this exhibit features an abundance of extraordinarily intricate work produced in the art form of cut paper.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

Opening Reception for Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper

Opening Reception for Contemporary Silhouettes:  The Art of Cut Paper

October 13, 2017 5:30 pm

Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper
October 11 – November 19
Opening reception will be held on Friday, October 13 from 5:30 to 7:00pm


Cutting portraits, generally in profile from black card, became popular in the mid-18th century and the tradition has continued into the 21st century. Silhouettes represented a cheap but effective alternative to the portrait miniature. The group of contemporary artists in this exhibit draw upon the tradition of silhouettes as well as many folk traditions for inspiration, including Scherenschnitte, kirigami, Wycinanki, and others to create custom papercuttings, and this exhibit features an abundance of extraordinarily intricate work produced in the art form of cut paper.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

Fifth Annual Small Works Show at The Cahoon Art Museum

Fifth Annual Small Works Show at The Cahoon Art Museum

November 22, 2017 11:02 am

Fifth Annual Small Works Show
November 22 – December 23
Opening Reception and Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 1from 5:30 to 7:00pm

This popular invitational exhibit celebrates the high level of creativity of emerging and established local artists; artworks are for sale as a benefit for the Cahoon Museum.  Participating artists are challenged to create works equal to or less than 154 square inches in size. Mediums represented include photography, painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber work, and shell work.

 

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