Brewster is an historic sea captains’ town located on the bay side of Cape Cod. Established in 1803, the town encompasses approximately twenty three square miles, including over 325 acres of beach and marshlands, with 24 ponds larger than 10 acres in size. Brewster hastaken action to protect the town’s historic character by establishing sign codes and site plan review by-laws and is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan. In 1985, the town took steps to protect its open space and water quality by purchasing close to 700 acres of land. Currently, over one-third of Brewster’s land has been retained for conservation, open space, recreation and watershed protection. Consequently, Brewster boasts award-winning drinking water and two nationally acclaimed 18-hole golf courses among other recreation sites. Nickerson State Park contains 400 acres of trails for biking and hiking, camping areas, and freshwater ponds for swimming, fishing and boating. Brewster has over 15 bed and breakfast inns and over 30 art galleries, craft shops and antique shops, most of which are along historic Route 6A, the old “King’s Highway”. Brewster’s current year-round population of about 8,400 grows to about 20,000 in the summer season as visitors come to sample the diversions of the town.
Southeastern Massachusetts, at the inside bend of the elbow of Cape Cod. Bordered by Cape Cod Bay on the north, Orleans on the east, Harwich on the south, and Dennis on the west. Brewster is 16 miles east of Hyannis; 83 miles southeast of Boston; 87 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island; and 264 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 2198 Main street, Brewster, MA 02631. The main number is 508-896-3701
|Brewster Historical Society Museums||Main Building, 3171 Main St||508-896-9521||Brewster||Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The Society’s main building houses four permanent galleries, special exhibition gallery and extensive documents research area accessible by appointment. The Society also maintains a restored 18th century windmill and house, and blacksmith shop at Windmill Village on grounds of Drummer Boy Park. Admission $5. Children under 12 free.|
|Cape Cod Museum of Natural History||869 Route 6A||508-896-3867||Brewster||Opens middle of February. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. Eighty acres abutting 300 acres of town-owned conservation land. Exhibits on flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including whales, sharks, indigenous birds, archaeological finds and coastal change. Renovated aquarium with over 65 freshwater and saltwater marine animals. Marshview Room with amphibian terrariums. Interactive nature activities and seasonal osprey cam, gift shop and nature trails, Naturescape Gallery.|