The Town of Bourne is a medium-sized rural community at the gateway to Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Canal bisects the community, with both the Bourne and the Sagamore bridges, and the lift railroad bridge all located in Bourne. The canal is well known for its superb sport fishing, and for carrying ships flying the flags of all nations. The Bourne Scenic Park campground is located beneath the Bourne Bridge and is a perfect vacation location for those seeking to enjoy the canal. Bourne has numerous quiet harbors and inlets for boating and bathing, and the shellfishing in the area is particularly enticing. Bourne is a quiet community without the summer tourist crush experienced by some of the other Cape communities. The annual Bourne Scallop Festival, which is held in early September each year, brings visitors from across the nation.
Southeastern Massachusetts, at the beginning of Cape Cod. Bordered by Plymouth on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast, Sandwich on the east, Falmouth on the south, and Buzzards Bay on the west. Bourne is 35 miles east of Fall River, 57 miles southeast of Boston, and 233 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 24 Perry Avenue, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. The Main number is 508-759-0600
|Aptucxet Trading Post Museum||24 Aptucxet Rd (off Shore Road)||508-759-9487||Bourne||Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Restoration of 1627 Pilgrim trading post. Docent tour. Exhibits, 19th-century salt works replica, Wampanoag and English gardens, Gray Gables train station, Joseph Jefferson Windmill gift shop. Admission $5, seniors and AAA members $4, children 8 to 16 $2, $10 families.|
|Briggs-McDermott House||22 Sandwich Road||508-274-3440||Bourne Village||Seasonal. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Tour restored Greek Revival style home. Alan Green Carriage House on premises and Alonzo Booth Blacksmith Shop with working forge. Art of famed practical painter and marine artist Charles Raleigh on display. Special exhibits. Property owned and maintained by Bourne Society for Historic Preservation Inc. FREE!|
|Jonathan Bourne Historic Center||30 Keene Street||508-759-8167||Bourne||Hours: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. An architectural “gem” given to the town by daughter of whaling magnate Jonathan Bourne, for whom the town was named. Building houses town archives as well as exhibits of artifacts from Bourne Historical Society.|