Truro Information

 
National Seashore Truro

Truro, National Seashore

The Town of Truro is a small, rural community of Lower Cape Cod where the quaint and unique character of “Old Cape Cod” is preserved. Truro is rich in history and strongly tied to the sea. It is in Truro where the Pilgrims from the Mayflower found a spring from which they drew their first drink of water in the new land, and where they found a cache of Indian corn, at a place named Corn Hill, that saved them from starvation after their first year. Truro possesses beautiful beaches on Cape Cod Bay and some of the most magnificent beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. A source of inspiration to artists and beachcombers alike, Truro’s beaches, dunes and landscape of rolling hills are an attraction to tourists and vacationers. Home to a diverse year-round population, Truro’s permanent population includes fishermen, tradesmen, and an ever-growing number of retirees. The town is home of the famous Cape Cod Light, Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse, which was first erected in 1797 and replaced by the current structure in 1857. The national landmark is in danger of falling into the ocean due to erosion, unless the town and area citizens receive support and cooperation from the federal and state governments. With over half of its land area within the Cape Cod National Seashore District, the residents of Truro are dedicated to preserving the special character of this seashore community.

Town Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, at the “wrist” of Cape Cod. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and east, Wellfleet on the south, and Cape Cod Bay and Provincetown on the west. Truro is 37 miles north of Hyannis; 106 miles southeast of Boston; 117 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island; and 284 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at Town Hall Road, P.O. Box 2030, Truro, MA 02666-2030. The main number is 508-349-3635.

Name Address Telephone Town/Village Description
Highland House Museum 27 Highland Road 508-487-3397 North Truro Hours: June 1 to September 30, 2017 Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 4:30 PM. The Highland House Museum occupies one of Truro’s best known landmarks, the old Highland House, a hotel built on the Highlands in 1907. Located near the Highland Light in North Truro, it is a classic example of a turn-of-the-century summer resort hotel. A visit to the museum provides fascinating insight into the lives of the people of Truro dating back to early European settlers and the Native Americans that preceded them. Admission: Adults: $7, Students and Children 6-17 $5. Children under 6 FREE Same day after visiting Highland Lighthouse: less $1 Members: FREE
Highland Lighthouse 27 Highland Light Road 508-487-3397 North Truro Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Located near Highland House Museum. In July 1996, it was jacked up and moved back from the eroding cliff to save it from falling into the ocean. Features an Interpretive Center, 10-minute video, opportunity to climb lighthouse tower ($4), and observation deck. Admission $6, Students and seniors $5, free ages 12 and under. $1 off with ticket to Highland House Museum