Top 5 Places to Visit in Eastham (Ones that you always meant to, but haven’t)

#5.  Cove Burying Ground. This is the site of the original Congregational Church in Nauset(later named Eastham). Buried there are several of the Mayflower passengers; Lt. Joesph Rogers, Constance Hopkins and Giles Hopkins. How times have changed!

#4. Sunrise/Sunset at Fort Hill Rural Historical District. Riddled with walking paths that take you through some of the loveliest marshes before taking you to the shore, Fort Hill is a quiet out of the way area that is not to be missed.

#3. The 1869 Schoolhouse Museum. A one room schoolhouse that was in service until 1936 now a museum with “hands on” desk and books of the era to look over the Schoolhouse hosts many facets of the daily town life.

#2. Eastham Windmill. The oldest and last working grismill on Cape Cod, the Eastham Windmill was built Plymouth in 1680. It was moved to Truro. Lovely restored and maintained it’s only open from July – August.

Salt Pond Vistor Center

#1. Salt Pond Visitor Center.

Museum, movies, hiking trails, biking trails, spectacular sights, great parking! The list goes on and on. ¬†There is so much to do and see! Make sure that you stop by and visit this great center of information about Cape Cod and it’s natural beauty.

First Encounter Beach

First Encounter Beach, Eastham, MA 2013_09_20_9_2

Just off Route 6 in Eastham, following Herringbrook Road to Samoset Road there is a lovely protected beach. The sun still baths the soft white sand as the gulls call overhead doing their aerial dance in the salt laden air. Tide, inexorable as time, move in and out from the shore line. Ageless, for an instant it can seem as if time has stood still in the warm afternoon light.


First Encounter Beach, Eastham, MA

Out of all the stretches of sandy beaches along the bay side of the Cape, on December 12, 1620 this is where the Mayflower colonists first encountered Indians. Little did they know a year later, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.


History of Thanksgiving. (2013). The History Channel website. – Click image for more information –

Thus named for that meeting, First Encounter should be on the list of places to visit and enjoy while on Cape Cod. It’s also the perfect place to have a walk after the turkey and fixings this coming holiday.



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