Hyannis Historic

hyannis historical society


Members of the Hyannis Historical Society celebrate the rich history of the Town of Barnstable’s central village.  The fledgling organization strives to promote historical research and provide educational opportunities.  They welcome new members.

 First photo: 

Sea Captains’ Row -mural,  Artists Mary-Ann Agresti + Jackie Reeves.  Pleasant Street, Hyannis, 2016

Sea Captains’ Row highlights the rich history of this dynamic neighborhood, established by prominent sea captains and their families in the 1800’s. Their spirit of exploration and vision for prosperity influenced the region’s development. The image highlights the architectural styles and innovations of that time. The visitor is invited to stand with the painted figures and silhouettes and be a part of the mural. Post your photos on #seacaptain.barnstable.  Mary-Ann Agresti AIA is an artist, architect and educator, with a studio in Hyannis.

 Second photo: (late 19th century)

Left:  Charles Hinckley, Lighthouse Keeper, Bishop and Clerks Light, Hyannis 

Right:  Walter Carney, Hyannis Port boat builder

 Third photo:

 “In September 1854, soon after the Old Colony Railroad reached Hyannis, tracks were extended to the harbor to meet passengers and goods from Nantucket and abroad.  This late 19th century photograph depicts James Otis, a relative of the famous patriot, and William Usher Ormsby standing near Railroad Wharf in anticipation of an incoming ship.  Ormsby owned a cartage company; his horse and cart are at left”.  


Additional historic photos and maps of Hyannis will be on display.

Free Guided walking tours of Sea Captains’ Row will begin at the shanty at 11:00 AM on Saturdays, May 4th and 11th, and at 1:00 PM on Sundays, May 5th and 12th.  Tours are 1 hour and less than 1 mile at a leisurely pace. 

 Maps for self-guided walking tours will be available.

Local author Nils V. Bockmann will be at the shanty both weekends talking history and signing his book, Peleg Nye – The Jonah of Cape Cod.

 Books on the history of Hyannis will be on sale.

 The Cape Cod Maritime Museum will have a display and representative to talk about maritime history.

 Website: hyannishistoricalsociety.org

May 3-5
May 10-12