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

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.

 

Map of the Seven Villages

Map of the Seven Villages

This map includes all seven villages, downtown Hyannis, Main Street Barnstable Village, and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.

 

Old Selectmen’s Building

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:  dfross24@hotmail.com

 

One Town, Seven Villages, Town of Barnstable Cape Cod Chamber Tourism One Sheet

One Town, Seven Villages, Town of Barnstable Cape Cod Chamber Tourism One Sheet

The seven villages of Barnstable have their own unique character and charm. All together they form one strong, proud community that is an integral part of Cape Cod. 

 

Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursion Application

Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursion Application

Art Visits Nature at Sandy Neck Beach, excursions out to the 'House at the Halfway Point'.
Sandy Neck Beach 2018 – all trips will be mid-day to sunset

January 26, Friday

February 4, Sunday

April 8, Sunday

May 6, Sunday

September 7, Friday

September 23, Sunday

October 5, Friday

October 21, Sunday

 

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

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.  

All Aboard!

 

Whelden Library (West Barnstable)

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

2018 Artist excursion opportunities at Sandy Neck Beach_House at the Halfway Point 9/7, 10/21

2018 Artist excursion opportunities at Sandy Neck Beach_House at the Halfway Point 9/7, 10/21

September 7, 2018 1:04 pm

Art Visits Nature–spend time in a living museum!
Sandy Neck Beach Park House at the Halfway Point -  2018 Artist Excursion Dates
Artists invited to be inspired by nature’s canvas: 
Sunset trips 2:00-after sunset: Sept 7th, Sept 23, Oct 5, Oct 21st

HYANNIS, MA, February 20, 2018 —The Town of Barnstable in partnership with the Cape Cod Art Center is offering late afternoon/sunset excursions to the House at the Halfway Point at Sandy Neck Beach. 
Applications are available online at www.Arts Barnstable.com and at www.CapeCodArtCenter.org

Artists in all disciplines invited to apply.  A Beach Ranger provides the 3.5 mile transport through the dunes out to the halfway point. 
In some of the excursions a naturalist is on hand to share knowledge and expertise.

Trips are scheduled for several dates in April, May, September and October. 
Costs are $70.00 day/$95.00 for members and non-members,
Proceeds benefit the SNB house at the Halfway Point program.
Prior participants say time at the halfway house is, “a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the Cape.”

The house at the Halfway Point is a rustic cottage set in the middle of the dunes, marsh and water at Sandy Neck Beach.  Excursions to this special locale provide artist with the opportunity to “unplug” and enjoy the solitude and scenic landscapes as sources for inspiration. This program is designed for the plein air painter, photographer, musician, writer and other artists who crave the time to create without everyday interruptions. 

The program is sponsored by the Town of Barnstable’s two cultural districts: Hyannis “HyArts” Cultural District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District, the Cape Cod Art Center and Sandy Neck Beach Park.

Contact Kate Walls at Cape Cod Art Center: 
kate@capecodartcenter.org     508-362-2909
for application and fee information. 
OR Melissa Hersh: melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us   www.ArtsBarnstable.com