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
Harwich Port Bike Company 431 Rt. 28 (Main St.) 508-430-0200 Harwich Port No Description Available
Harwichport Bike Co 431 Route 28  508-430-0200 Harwich Port No Description Available
Harwichport Golf Club Forest St & South St  508-432-0250 Harwich Port 9-Hole, Par 68 - 2,533 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34.
Locario's Tennis Center 292 Rt. 28, Main St. 508-432-3958 Harwich No Description Available
Magellan Sport Fishing Charters Saquatucket Harbor 508-430-7437 Harwich No Description Available
Monomoy Island Ferry 1248 Orleans Road (508) 237-0420 Harwich  
Monomy Island Excursion 702 Main Street 508-430-7772 Harwichport  
Sportfish The Cape Allen Harbor Marine 508-945-5227 Harwichport charter fishing
Sue-Z Sport Fishing Saquatucket Harbor 508-432-3294 Harwich Sportfishing charters on Nantucket shoals for striped bass and bluefish and offshore for codfish, tuna, and sharks on the 33' SUE-Z. Located Saquatucket Harbor, RT 28 Harwichport
The Harwich Mariners 75 Oak Street Whitehouse Field 508-432-6909 Harwich Cape Cod Baseball League. Free and Fun
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