Located in the northwest part of town, West Barnstable is mostly residential and historic. The small village center falls between Route 6A and Route 6 along Route 149. The village includes the 1717 Congregational meetinghouse, Whelden Library, Meeting House Farm, the West Barnstable Train Station and the largest beach in the town, Sandy Neck Beach, a six mile barrier beach. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries a number of Finnish immigrants settled here, and, to this day, the eastern side of the village is known as "Finn Town", while the area near the West Barnstable Train Station is known as "Shark City" reputedly because of the card sharks who hung out there. Also a part of the village are Cape Cod Community College and the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music, Art, Drama & Dance.
1717 West Parish Meetinghouse
Town meetings were held at the Meetinghouse here for over 130 years and the West Parish Church has met here since 1719.
America's early statesmen planned local strategies during the Revoluntionay War and the War of 1812 and patriots James Otis, Jr, and Mercy Otis Warren were both educated here.
The Meetinghouse is open to the public during the summer and any other time by appointment. It is a place to meet and learn. Events are scheduled throughout the year.
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
Old Selectmen’s Building
Old Selectmen's Building Art Gallery supports local artist exhibit; on display June through November.
Route 149 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable; Gallery phone number (answered when artists are in the building): 508-548-6462
Celebrate this public art venue with support from award winning artists & new emerging artists.
Open Late Spring Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sun. Noon to 4pm thru November (Free Admission)
Email Diane at: email@example.com
Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursion Application
Art Visits Nature at Sandy Neck Beach, excursions out to the house at the halfway point!
2017 dates include:
day trips 9:00am-3:00pm. Sunset trips 2pm with return after sunset:
May 5, September 8, September 22, October 13, October 20
May 19 (2:30-8:30pm), September 10 (1:30-7:30pm), September 24 (2:00-7:00pm), October 15 (12:30-6:30pm), October 22 (12:30-6:30pm)
West Barnstable 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.
West Barnstable Railroad Station and Museum
The West Barnstable Railway Station and Museum celebrates the promotion and preservation of railroad transportation history. Visit the station and take a scenic train ride.
The station is the headquarters of the Cape Cod Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.
Whelden Library (West Barnstable)
Features an extensive Cape Cod collection with an emphasis on the local Finnish population and a Barnstable Beekeepers section.
Upcoming events in West Barnstable
Art at the Farm - Meetinghouse Farm 8/19
August 19, 2017 10:00 am
August 19th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Rain date August 20th. A celebration of nature and creativity. Unique Artists and Craft Persons, Open Gardens, Horticultural Info, Silent Auction, Children’s Crafts, Ice Cream treats - The Local Scoop, Litter Sculpture Contest and Music by Toast & Jam 1-3pm.
Location: Meetinghouse Farm, 2135 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA