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History Along Route 6A

7 – 14 June 2014

The Sturgis and Yarmouth Port libraries invite you to join us for our fifth annual series of programs and events presented by organizations along the Old King’s Highway from Barnstable to Yarmouth Port!


Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change–please check back for updates. Call Sturgis Library at 508-362-6636 or Yarmouth Port Library at 508-362-3717 for more information, or email All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.



  • Saturday, 7 June

Welcome to Sturgis LibrarySturgis Library Plant and Garden Sale
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ Sturgis Library
Stop by historic Sturgis Library and shop our annual plant and garden sale — we’ll have a wide selection of garden plants, shrubs, flowers, and houseplants from local gardens; garden tools and decor; outdoor items; plant pots, and more. Our book store will be open, and those who are interested can sign in and take a self-guided tour of the original library rooms, one of which houses the Reverend John Lothrop’s bible.
Jim Ellis, Blacksmith
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Coast Guard Heritage Museum
Join Jim Ellis in the forge in the 19th century carriage house as he shares his family’s 100+ year history as blacksmiths. (Jim will also be at the forge Tuesday, 10 June through Saturday, 14 June.)
Reading the Landscape of Long Pasture Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. @ Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid holds many secrets to its varied history. Join Sanctuary Director Ian Ives for a 1.5 hour walk through fields, forests and wetlands, and become enlightened to its cultural and natural history!

  • Monday, 9 June

DCIM100SPORTEntertainment in Yarmouth: Mill Hill to the Coliseum
1:00 p.m. @Fire Station 2, 340 Main Street, Yarmouth Port
Historian Duncan Oliver presents a pictorial look at 20th century entertainment in Yarmouth, culminating with the Cape Cod Coliseum during the 1970s and 80s.
Dare I Say More? The Outspoken Mercy Otis Warren
7:00 p.m. @ Olde County Courthouse (Tales of Cape Cod)
Join Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of The Muse of the Revolution, for a lecture on one of West Barnstable’s most notable figures. The lecture will be followed by the presentation of 2014 Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year Award. $5 members, $7 non-members.

  • Tuesday, 10 June

A Most Remarkale Enterprise : Lectures on the Northwest Coast Trade and Northwest Coast Indian Life A Most Remarkable Enterprise: Captain William Sturgis
6:30 p.m. @ Sturgis Library
Dr. Mary Malloy discusses the newly republished collection of Captain William Sturgis’s lectures to the Mercantile Library Association of Boston in the mid-1800s, which she edited and annotated.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 508-362-6636 to register.

  • Wednesday, 11 June

Architectural Walking Tour of Yarmouth Port
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Yarmouth Port
Architect Sara Porter will lead the 1 1/4 mile tour along Route 6A in Yarmouth Port. She will discuss the history and architecture of the “Captains’ Mile” houses, starting at the Captain Bangs Hallet House on Strawberry Lane. Duncan Oliver will accompany and include stories of some of the people who lived here. Free; donations welcome. (Rain dates are Thursday at the same times.)

  • Thursday, 12 June

Picturing Our Church, Picturing our History
10:00 a.m. to noon @ The Unitarian Church of Barnstable
The Unitarian Church of Barnstable offers an open house and tour. An exhibition of photographs of the church by church members will reflect their relationships to the building, its grounds and the adjoining Cobb’s Hill cemeteries. Artists will be present to discuss with visitors their “Point of View.” A second display of artifacts and documents related to church history will help visitors visualize the church building and contents over the last 200 years. Church members will welcome all with a behind the scenes look at how the sanctuary and library evolved to look the way do today.
DCIM100SPORTCoast Guard Heritage Museum
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Coast Guard Heritage Museum
Visit the museum at the top of the hill to see the redesigned first floor with new displays on the Pendleton rescue and the Life Saving Service. The gift shop and jail will be open.
Open House at the Barnstable Historical Society
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ The Barnstable Historical Society
Explore the Society’s home, the historic W. F. Jones House, with its rooms detailing life in the 19th century and exhibits of artifacts documenting the history and culture of the town. Refreshments will be served!
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church gardens
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Wander through the old English style gardens, originally conceived by Reverend Robert Wood Nicholson in 1946, and learn their history.

  • Saturday, 14 June

Yarmouth New Church
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ 266 Main Street on the Yarmouth Port Village Green
Join the local Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation for tours every 30 minutes from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. of this historic architectural treasure, built in 1870, with its stained glass windows and original organ! It is considered to be one of the most significant public structures of its kind on Cape Cod. Crafts for kids in the Great Room Gallery – lower level from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free.
bangshalletCaptain Bangs Hallet House
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (also on Sunday, 15 June) @ Yarmouth Port Village Green
The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth’s Captain Bangs Hallet house will be open. 17th, 18th & 19th century of pewter for daily use will be on exhibit. Free to Yarmouth residents and people who mention “History Along Route 6A.”
Winslow Crocker House – Historic New England
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ The Winslow Crocker House
Built around 1780 by a wealthy land speculator, the house was moved to its present site by Mary Thacher in 1936 and holds her collection of early American furniture. Tours on the hour (last tour @4 p.m.); free admission if you mention “History Along Route 6A” (reg. $4).
Edward Gorey House
11 a.m.-4 p.m. @250 Main Street, Yarmouth Port
Visit the Gorey House and see the exhibit “F is for Fantod,” which highlights “…Edward’s vision and diligence in getting his lesser known works published (far before the age of the Internet) as we focus on the Fantod Press.” Half-price admission if you mention “History Along Route 6A” (reg. $8); children under 6 FREE.

You might also be interested in:

• Women in the American Revolution
Sunday 1 June, 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. @1680 House, Yarmouth Port
A dramatization of nine women who made significant contributions to the War for Independence. Directed by Cara Watson and presented by the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. $10 members, $12 non-members. Call 508-362-3021 for reservations.
• Taylor-Bray Farm:
Spring Sheep Festival, Sunday, 1 June–visit
tasteofhistory• A Taste of History:
A book of recipes from the historic B&Bs of Barnstable and Yarmouth Port. $10; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Yarmouth Port and Sturgis libraries.
• Barnstable Village Haunted History Walking Tours
Offered nightly in June. Info: or call 508-771-2725.
• Barnstable Harbor Ecotours:
2-hour tours of Barnstable Harbor. Info: or call 508-221-6126.

The following organizations have generously made this program possible:

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The Historic Inns of Route 6A in Barnstable and Yarmouth Port:

ashleybwBarnstable Village

Yarmouth Port

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