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The History of Yarmouth

On January 7, 1639.the court record refers to the land grant to the first settlers John Crow, Thomas Howes, and Anthony Thacher as "the lands of Mattacheeset, now called Yarmouth". This is considered the first usage of the name.

Three Englishmen, all farmers, were responsible for the first permanent settlement of Mattacheese in 1639. They were Anthony Thacher, John Crowe and Thomas Howes. (A year before, Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins was granted a leave of Plymouth Colony in August 1638 to erect a house at Mattacheese, and cut hay to winter his cattle, provided it not to withdraw him from the town of Plymouth.)

By 1640, Mattacheese had been renamed Yarmouth, probably after a seaside town in England, and 28 families made their homes here. Most were farmers, but others worked trades required by a new colonial outpost, including that of tailor, cobbler, goldsmith and carriage maker. Many descendants of the town's first settlers still live in Yarmouth today.

Yamouth Attractions

Our centralized location and diverse offerings give visitors a real Cape Cod experience. From beaches to shopping and activities for all the family, Cape Cod is truly within reach.

Yarmouth boasts the largest number of lodging rooms on Cape Cod. We offer a range of choices for all our guests, including waterfront hotel rooms, value priced motels, quaint Inns and historic B&B's.

There's no lack of activities among our three unique villages. Shop at a range of boutiques, antique shops or factory outlets. Beach, bike or hike. Challenge yourself at our 4 golf courses. Enjoy family fun playing adventure golf, riding go carts or bouncing around an inflatable park. Whatever your interest may be, Yarmouth has something for everyone.

A trip to the Cape wouldn't be complete without enjoying some of our local fare, especially our award-winning New England clam chowder. Yarmouth's diverse establishments offer a complete range of dining choices from quick take-out to elegant formal dining.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod has become a gathering place for cultural and human service organizations that lack a venue of their own or require a facility whose location, staff, and amenities best serve their needs. These include but are not limited to the following. Many others are now eager for partnerships with the Cultural Center as it expands its role in the community. Relax and do absolutely Nothing (completely guilt free guaranteed).

Things to Do in Yarmouth

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