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 andmaritime 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
Clapp's Guest House 15 South Street 508-432-0600 Harwich Port  
Coachman Motor Lodge Route 28 508-432-0707 Harwich No Description Available
Commodore Inn by the Sea 30 Earle Rd. 1-800-368-1180 West Harwich By its self but next to everything with a 30 second sprint to the water. Full breakfast buffet
Gingerbread House 141 Division 508-432-1901 West Harwich A restful and historic 1883 Victorian with a old world charm with 21st century comfort. Free wi-fi access with a beautiful country garden.
Handkerchief Shoals Inn Route 28 508-430-2220 Harwich 26 clean rooms with a large variety of sizes. A/C, Pool, refrig, microwave, Laundry, continental breakfast. Less than 10 minute walk from Red River Beach.
Handren Brothers Realty 915 Route 28 508-430-2229 Harwich The Handren Bros. have been in the building and remodeling business for over 20 years.
Harbor Breeze Inn 326Lower County Rd. 508-432-0337 Harwich Port Walk to the beach, Bed & Breakfast, stay in casual elegance
Harbor Walk 6 Freeman St. 508-432-1675 Harwich No Description Available
Inn of Treasured Memories 473 Main St 508 430-1004 Harwich  
Inn on the Beach 16 Bank Street 508-432-2900 Harwich Port