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
Abba 89 Old Colony Way 508-255-8144 Orleans  
Academy Ocean Grill Restaurant 2 Academy Place 508-240-1585 Orleans A cosy captain's house serving eclectic cuisine.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine 46 Rt 6A 508-255-3301 Orleans  
Barley Neck Inn 5 Beach Rd. 508-255-0212 Orleans Casual dining in our old sea captain's house with attached bar and grill.
Beacon Room 23 West Rd. 508-255-2211 Orleans No Description Available
Cape Cup 54 Main St.   Orleans  
Capt'n Elmer's Seafood Restaurant 18 Old Colony Way 508-255-3350 Orleans No Description Available
Captain Linnell House  137 Skaket Beach Rd. 508-255-3400 Orleans No Description Available
Cooke's Seafood Route 28 508-255-5518 Orleans Fresh Fried Seafood $$$
Cottage Street Bakery 5 Cottage St 508-255-2821 Orleans