County/Riding Barnstable
State/Province Massachusetts
Region/Metropolitan area Plymouth Colony
Nation United States
Year founded 1639
Population (2000 census) 24,807

History[edit | edit source]

The first attempt to settle Yarmouth was made by Rev. Stephen Bachiler and his followers in the winter of 1637/8. However, this settlement was abandoned due to the severity of the winter "and others undertook it".[1] Yarmouth was organized and named in 1639. It originally was founded by the Pilgrims, and covered lands currently part of the towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham and Harwich. Farming and the sea provided the industry for the early settlers to the town, with both the northern and southern ports being active in industry. This brought wealth to Yarmouth, which can still be seen today in its historic districts. The railroad came in the mid-1800s, and helped Yarmouth become a tourist destination. Today the town is mostly known for its tourist industry and shopping, as it is the home of the original Christmas Tree Shops on Route 6A in the village of Yarmouthport.[2]

Early inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Historic sites & museums[edit | edit source]

Contributors[edit | edit source]


Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. NEHGS Registers, Volumes 3, 4, 14
  2. Library of Cape Cod History & Genealogy C.W. Swift, publisher, Yarmouthport, Mass.: several volumes over 2-3 decades.
  3. Plymouth Colony Records
  4. Barnstable Probate Records
  5. Plymouth Colony Wills
  6. The history of Cape Cod : annals of thirteen towns of Barnstable County
  7. History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, edited by Simeon L. Deyo. 1890. New York: H. W. Blake & Co.; CHAPTER XVII, pages 453-506. Town of Yarmouth, by Hon. Charles F. Swift.
  8. History of Yarmouth

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Anderson, Robert Charles,The Great Migration Begins, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, I:66 from Winthrop's Journal 1:313.
  2. ^ Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Street Atlas. South Easton, MA: Arrow Maps Inc., 2004, p. 96.
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