Marstons Mills is one of the more rural of the Barnstable villages. The early settlers were farmers, craftsman and millers who were attracted to better soils found in parts of the village. The village is named for the Marstons family, owners of one of the mills located along what is known today as the Marstons Mills River. You can pass by the site of a fulling mill (which cleaned wool) in the late 1600's and later a grist mill that operated into the early 1900's. The William Marstons house sits on a rise overlooking Mill Pond, a tribute to the profitability of milling. Most of the other historic houses remaining today are farm houses scattered throughout the village, modest in scale with simple clean lines and elegantly proportioned roofs, windows and doors.
The center of the village has retained its traditional uses - a store has existed on the site of the Cash market for more than one hundred years. Three community buildings, the library, Liberty Hall and the Methodist church form a little community center off the main commercial center of the village, but many of the buildings in the village center have been rebuilt and the remaining historic structures within the village center are scattered. Burgess Park is a popular park for a wide variety of activities including disc golf. Near one of the town's two golf courses , Olde Barnstable, is Cape Cod Airfiled, which dates back to the 1920’s.
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
Marstons Mills Public Library
Includes the Nancy Reardon Theater Arts Collection
Marstons Mills Village Association
Founded in 1986, the Marstons Mills Village Association is a non-partisan, non-profit civic organization headquartered at historic Burgess House, adjacent to Burgess Park on Route 149.
The MMVA mission is to encourage and aid all residents of Marstons Mills, including those having businesses and summer homes and work together for the best interests of the village and community.
Marstons Mills Walking Map
Upcoming events in Marstons Mills
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