Harwich Information



Harwich Information

The Town of Harwich is a resort and residential community located on the south side of the Cape peninsula, with an extensive shoreline on Nantucket Sound. It was settled around 1665, and incorporated in 1694. Its early economy included agriculture and maritime industries and its history has included boom and bust cycles from the earliest days of the community. When the whaling industry collapsed with the discovery of oil, the community’s emphasis shifted to cod fishing. By 1802, 15 to 20 ships were shore fishing and another four ships were cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and by 1851, there were 48 ships employing 577 men and bringing in thousands of tons of cod and mackerel. The eventual decline of the fishing industry in Harwich by the latter part of the 19th century was caused by increases in the size of ships which eventually outstripped the shallow port’s ability to house them. Residents turned to the development of cranberry bogs and resorts for summer visitors, working side-by-side with Portuguese immigrants. The first resort hotel opened in 1880 and both the cranberry and the tourist industries remain substantial parts of Harwich’s economy in the present. In 1775, when Separatists and Baptists outnumbered Orthodox Congregationalists, Harwich burghers felt independent enough to refuse to support a minister with public tax monies and they continued refusing to do so for 18 years. The town showed religious diversity from the first, including residents who are Baptists, Methodists, Reformed Methodists (anti-Episcopal), Wesleyans and Catholics, among others. Commercial, motel and condominium development has been intense along the Route 28 corridor and suburban development has significantly decreased the remaining agricultural landscape, but the town retains much of its 19th century character, including period Portuguese farmhouses.

Town Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, on the southeast portion of Cape Cod. Bordered by Dennis on the west, Brewster and Orleans on the north, Chatham on the east, and Nantucket Sound on the south. Harwich is about 12 miles from Hyannis, 70 miles east of Fall River, 82 miles southeast of Boston, and 260 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 732 Main street, Harwich, MA 02645. The Main number is 508-430-7513.

Name Address Telephone Town/Village Description
Cranberry Valley Golf Course 183 Oak St  508-430-5234 Harwich Bent grass course with water hazards on three holes of the back nine. The fairways are tree-lined and there are several greenside sand bunkers. 18-Hole, Par 72
East Coast Craft Shows P.O. Box 33 774-408-7072 Harwich Port Family owned and operated business with over thirty years of combined craft show experience. We specialize in promoting Cape Cod Craft Shows at varios locations across the Cape.
Fishtale Sportfishing Saquatucket Harbor 508-432-3783 Harwich No Description Available
Fishtale Sportfishing 715 Main Street 508-432-3783 Harwich Fish the tide rips off Monomoy & Nantucket for Stripers and Blues aboard the fully equipped 33' Fishtale
Freedom Cruise Line, Inc. 702 Main Street (508) 432-8999 Harwich  
Golden Eagle Deep Sea Fishing Wychmere Harbor 508-432-5611 Harwich No Description Available
Grand Slam Entertainment 322 Main Street Route 28 508-430-1155 Harwichport baseball batting cages & bumper boats
Harwich Conservation Trust P.O. Box 101 508-432-3997 South Harwich  
Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival PO Box 555 508-430-2811 Harwich Port  
Harwich Historical Society 80 Parallel Street 508-432-8089 Harwich paintings, Crowell carved birds, the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit, historic photographs, manuscripts, and genealogical records
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