Orleans Information

 

The Town of Orleans, incorporated in 1797, is a resort community on the outer Cape whose European history begins in 1642 with the first permanent settlement established by Nicholas Snow and his family. Settlers had purchased rights to the town from Mattaguason,sachem of the Manamoyick Indians. The Colonial economy was built on agriculture, especially corn, rye and wheat, plus the growing of hay and vegetables. In the 18th century, commercial fishing and shellfishing supplemented local incomes and residents worked on herring boats and went after whales. By the 19th century, coastal packets from Boston were being serviced and several windmills created power resources in the town, but residents heaviest reliance was on cod and mackerel fishing. Lifelong residents recall that in those days, the very old and the very young farmed, while all the able-bodied men fished. Fishing in Orleans declined as competition from larger boats and larger ports grew, but the town had established a commercial importance on the Cape as a market center for other communities, that continues into the 20th century. Small businesses, like the Mayo Duck Farm that produced 50,000 ducklings in 1918 were welcomed by the town, but the major modern change in Orleans was spurred by the impact of summer development. This resort home development, which accelerated between 1915 and 1940 and still continues, has had the greatest effect on the town and in turn has supported increasing commercial development along Route 6.

Town Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, at the elbow of Cape Cod. Bordered by Eastham on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Chatham and Harwich on the south, and Brewster and Cape Cod Bay on the west. Orleans is about 22 miles from Hyannis; 88 miles southeast of Boston; 93 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island; and 270 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 19 School Road, Orleans, MA 02653. The main number is 508-240-3700.

Name Address Telephone Town/Village Description
Addison Art Gallery 43 S. Orleans Rd. Route 28 508-255-6200 Orleans No Description Available
Anchorage Studio Post Office Box 667   Orleans  
Collins Galleries 12 West Road (508) 255-1266 Orleans  
Eastwind Art Gallery 34 Main Street 508-240-2133 Orleans  
Elizabeth Rowley Fine Art & Design 76 Rt. 6A 508-255-3690 Orleans  
Gallery 31 31 Main St. 508-247-9469 Orleans  
Kemp Pottery 9 Cranberry Hwy. 508-255-5853 Orleans No Description Available
Oceana 1 Main St. Square 508-240-1414 Orleans No Description Available
Orleans Carpenters Shaker Boxes 8C Commerce Drive P.O. Box 217 508-255-2646 Orleans Shaker Oval Boxes and Carriers
Orleans Gallery Association P.O. Box 922 (508) 255--1266 Orleans