Orleans Information

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Orleans Lodging

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
Academy of Performing Arts 120 Main Street 508-255-1963 Orleans No Description Available
Barley Neck Inn 5 Beach Rd. 508-255-0212 Orleans Casual dining in our old sea captain's house with attached bar and grill.
Ice Skating - Rock Night Charles Moore Ice Arena, O'Connor Road 508 255-5902 Orleans  
Joe's Beach Road Bar & Grille 5 Beach Rd. 508-255-0212 Orleans No Description Available
Land Ho Restaurant  Route 6A & Main St. 508-255-5165 Orleans No Description Available
Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill 28 Main St. 508-255-5505 Orleans  
Old Jailhouse Tavern 28 West Rd. 508-255-5245 Orleans No Description Available
The Lost Dog Pub   (508) 240-3647 Orleans  
Yardarm Restaurant 48 South Orleans Rd. 508-255-4840 Orleans A neighborhood gathering place where friends meet for conversation and conviviality, and where, when you get hungry, a table is waiting and the food is solid, as is the service