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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Pilgrims' Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers 4/27
April 27, 2018 7:00 pm
The Plimoth colonists, or “Pilgrims” as they were later called, were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists, many of whom had lived in the Netherlands prior to their emigration. They brought with them music experiences as varied as their reasons for coming to the New World, and the Plimoth Colony heard not just solemn English psalms, but also catches, ballads, and dance tunes, to which we add instrumental music of the English court. We’ll celebrate the Meetinghouse’s 300th anniversary with music of Morley and Ravenscroft, plus selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, Sternhold & Hopkins’ Whole Booke of Psalmes, and John Playford’s English Dancing Master.
Karen Burciaga - violin, treble viol, voice
Daniel Meyers - recorders, flute, percussion, voice
Josh Schreiber Shalem - bass viol, voice
Matthew Wright - lute, bandora, voice
$15 general, $10 Foundation members and students
Presented by The 1717 Meetinghouse Foundation
Location: 1717 Meetinghouse, 2049 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, MA 02668