Historical Markers in
Barnstable County, Massachusetts

101st Airborne Div. Assn. 101st Infantry Regiment 102nd Field Artillery Veterans Memorial 126 Signal Battalion 14th Air Force ~ Flying Tigers 1639 At This Rock Now In Fragments 166th Engineers Combat Battalion 1814 1st Marine Division 1st. Lt. Walter R. “Skip” Daley 204 AAA BN 241st Coast Artillery 25th Infantry Division 26th Yankee Division Veterans Memorial 328th Combat Team, 26th Infantry Division 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division 50 Years Of Peace Corps 82 Airborne Division Association Veterans Memorial 83rd Infantry Division A Grateful Nation Remembers A Memorial For The Deceased A Whale Bone Welcome Abraham Blish Academy Place Address by President Lincoln Aerial View of the Marconi-RCA Complex, circa 1930 Albro House All Sea Service Women Americal Division American Legion Auxiliary Ladies American Merchant Marine Veterans American Prisoners-Of-War and Those Missing-In-Action AMVETS Department of Massachusetts AMVETS Department of Massachusetts Veterans Memorial AMVETS Veterans Memorial Antenna Trail Exhibits August Belmont Barnstable County 9/11 Tribute Barnstable County’s 300th Anniversary Battle of Orleans Massachusetts 1814 Battle Of The Bulge Battle Of The Bulge Battle Of The Bulge Battle of the Bulge Benevolent Order of the Elks Veterans Memorial Benjamin Sparrow Birthplace of Major Micah Hamlin Bournedale's Yesterdays Brewster World War II Memorial British 6 Pounder Brooks Grinding Stone Burying Hill Cape and Islands Korean War Memorial Cape Cod Canal Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse Cape Cod National Sea Shore Marconi Beach Capt. John Gorham House Captain Mayo / Surfman Ellis Carroll A. DeSilver Changes Through Time Changing Beach Charles L. Gifford Chatham Civil War Monument Chatham Commercial Fishing Chatham Packet Wharf Chatham Radio/WCC Chatham Railroad Depot Chatham’s Chimes Chatham’s Twin Light Chatham’s Wampanoag History China Burma India Veterans WW II Coast Guard Beach: Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36500 Comassakumakanit Combat Infantrymen’s Association Commemorating the Battle of Rock Harbor Commonwealth of Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cranberry Cultivation Crossing the Bar Memorial DAV Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Dexter’s Grist Mill Disabled Veterans Of All Wars Doane Rock Dr. Samuel Lord Duty-Honor-Country East Orleans Country Store Eastham Remembers Eastham Town Hall Eastham Windmill Edmund Freeman Saddle & Pillion Burial Ground Elder Thomas Dimmock Employee Residence First Encounter First Encounter Monument First Encounter Plaque First Meeting House In Barnstable For God And Country Forest Beach Overlook French–Atlantic Cable Company Global War on Terrorism Grave of Iyanough Guglielmo Marconi H.C. Richard David De Wert H.M.S. Somerset Harwich Historical Society Harwich Men Harwich Supreme Sacrifice Memorial Harwich War Memorial Here Today Gone Tomorrow Hero’s Circle Veterans Monument Historic Receiving Antennas History of Chatham History of Chatham Lighthouse History of the South Dennis Railroad Depot Hurricane Bob Hyannis Armory Hyannis Harbor Hyannis Harbor Hyannis High School Road Hyannis Main Street Hyannis Normal School Hyannis Ocean Street Hyannis Public Library Association Hyannis Town Center Hyannis World War Honor Roll HyArts Artist Shanties In Memory of the Pioneers of Chatham In Memory of Veterans of All Wars Indian Rock Italian American War Veterans Jacob Sears Memorial Library James Otis Jr. James Otis The Patriot Jewish War Veterans of the United States JFK Memorial Jonathan Walker Jonathan Young Mill Joseph A. Merrill, U.S.M.C. Journey of the Mayflower Keeping the Light for 114 Years Kettles Kevin Arthur Houston Korean War Korean War Veterans Korean War Veterans Memorial Lest We Forget Lt. Colonel F.W. McAbee MacMillan Wharf Main St. Hyannis Marconi Wireless Station Marcy Otis Warren Marine Corps League Marine Corps Veterans Memorial Maritime Museum Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Veterans Memorial Massachusetts Pearl Harbor Memorial Massachusetts Reserve Officers Association Veterans Memorial Massachusetts World War One Veterans Memorial Walkway Men Of Barnstable Merchant Marine Memorial Mercy Otis Warren Military Order of the Cootie Veterans Memorial Military Order of the Purple Heart Monica Dickens Stratton National Seashore Nauset Beach Nauset Beach Light Station Near this marker stood the second meetinghouse in Barnstable Nobska Lighthouse Old South Dennis Cemetery Olde Colonial Courthouse Operations Building Original Prop Origins of Orleans Orleans Civil War Monument Orleans Honor Roll Orleans Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial Orleans War Memorial Orleans’ First Resident? Our Fallen Heroes in The World War Our Fallen Heroes In The World War Outermost cliff and solitary dune… Panama Mount Peace Corps Memorial Port de Mallebarre Provincetown Provincetown AIDS Memorial Provincetown Veterans Memorial Pushed Back by the Sea Ralph P. Bismore Ralph S. Barnaby Ready Rooms Rev. John Lothrop Rev. Joseph Hull House Robert E. Poland Rose Dorothea Roses For Rose Sacrifice Rock Sagamore Hill Trail Samuel De Champlain Sandwich Civil War Monument Sandwich Meeting of Friends Sandwich Town Hall/Mill Creek Sandwich Vietnam War Memorial SGT. Mark Vecchione Memorial Site of First Settlers Home Sixteen Pilgrims Sons of Provincetown South Dennis Veterans Memorial Special Forces Veterans Memorial Squanto, Indian Guide SS Blackpoint Memorial SS Pan Oceanic Faith Memorial St. Francis Xavier Church Still on Patrol Submarine Service The 1914 Marconi Radio Station Complex The Atwood School The Battle of Chatham Harbor The Birth of the Coast Guard The Brewster Store The Cape Cod Canal The Federated Church of Hyannis The First Landing Place of the Pilgrims, Nov. 11, 1620, O.S. The Forgotten War The French Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, 1898 The Godfrey Windmill The Highland House The Incorporation of Orleans The Josiah Mayo House The Legacy Begins The Legacy Continues The Legacy Endures The Life Savers The Long, Black Cable The Mayflower Story The Men Of Chatham The Mortal Remains of Capt. John Percival The Nauset Lights The Nickerson Family The Olde Colonial Courthouse The Outer Cape: Changing Faster Than Technology The Outermost House The Public Service Building The Republic of South Korea Stone The Rescue of the Pendleton The Retired Officers Association - Massachusetts The Schooner Montclair The Steamship Portland The Tisquantum (Squanto) Story The Ultimate Sacrifice The Unitarian Church of Barnstable The United States Lifesaving Service The Unknown Seaman Memorial The Whale of Orleans There’s No Place Like Home Thomas Hinckley Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. Three Sisters Lit the Way Town of Bourne Civil War Memorial Town Of Bourne World War I Memorial Town of Brewster Korean War and Vietnam Campaign Memorial Town of Brewster Veterans of Foreign Campaigns Memorial Town of Brewster World War I Memorial Town of Dennis September 11, 2001 Memorial Transatlantic Triumph Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Station Truro Highlands Historic District Tupper Family Homestead Twenty and Four Veterans Memorial U.S. Coast Guard Steel 44-Foot Motor Life Boat CG44301 U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Division U.S. Navy Armed Guard Veterans of World War II United States Amphibious Forces United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association United States Navy Seabees Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown Universalist Society Meeting House Veterans Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Memorial Vietnam Vietnam Memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial War Memorial West Barnstable War Memorial West Parish Church Meeting House William Barclay Parsons Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and Women’s Army Corps Women’s Overseas Service League Workboat of the Marshes World War II and Korean Conflict Memorial “Marconi T” Antenna
The Boston Tea Party wasn't the first act of rebellion against British taxation in America. In 1765, colonists in Massachusetts burned effigies of British tax collectors and destroyed their homes and property in what came to be known as the "Stamp Act Riots."
Barnstable County, located in southeastern Massachusetts, has a rich and diverse history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Wampanoag Tribe, who had a strong presence in the region for thousands of years before the arrival of European colonizers.

In the early 17th century, settlers from England, including the Pilgrims, established the Plymouth Colony, which encompassed a portion of what is now Barnstable County. This marked the beginning of European settlement in the area. Over time, more colonists arrived and settled in Barnstable, with the town being officially incorporated in 1639.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, agriculture, fishing, and whaling became important industries in Barnstable County. The region's fertile soil supported the growth of crops such as corn, wheat, and barley, while its proximity to the ocean allowed residents to engage in fishing and whaling activities. Shipbuilding also thrived during this period, contributing to the local economy and sustaining the maritime tradition.

In the 20th century, tourism became a significant industry in Barnstable County. Cape Cod and its picturesque beaches, quaint towns, and charming lighthouses attracted visitors from all over the country. As a result, the county experienced significant growth and development, with the population increasing and the economy diversifying to accommodate the tourism industry.

Today, Barnstable County remains a popular tourist destination, offering a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities. It continues to honor its past through the preservation of historic landmarks and the celebration of its cultural heritage, while also embracing innovation and progress in various fields, including technology, healthcare, and education.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

  • 1685 - Barnstable County is established by the Plymouth Colony.
  • 1700s - The county experiences rapid growth due to its favorable location for trade and fishing.
  • 1774 - Barnstable County actively participates in the Revolutionary War against British rule.
  • 1801 - The Cape Cod Canal is opened, connecting Cape Cod to the mainland and boosting trade and transportation in the region.
  • 1830s - The whaling industry becomes a major economic driver in Barnstable County.
  • 1860s - Barnstable County contributes significantly to the Union cause during the American Civil War.
  • 1900s - The tourism industry begins to flourish in Barnstable County, attracting visitors to its scenic coastlines and historic towns.
  • 1914-1918 - Barnstable County sends many soldiers to fight in World War I.
  • 1950s-1960s - Cape Cod experiences population growth and development, leading to increased suburbanization.
  • 2000s - Barnstable County adapts to the challenges of climate change and works to preserve its natural resources.