Brewster

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Brewster, MA | Points of Interest

The Stony Brook Grist Mill and Herring Run, the Brewster Flats, Brewster Ladies' Library, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster Historical Society Museum, Cape Rep Theatre, Nickerson State Park.


Higgins Farm Windmill at Drummer Boy Park on Route 6A in Brewster. Photo by Jane Booth.

About Brewster

Considered by some to be Cape Cod's most picturesque town, Brewster captures the heart of anyone who loves the quaint and the quiet.

Known as the "sea captain's town", Brewster was once part of Harwich before it broke off on its own. Many of the beautiful old mansions built by sea captains are now inns.

All its saltwater beaches are on the Cape Cod Bay, where you can walk out for a mile at low tide.

History

Brewster (pop. 9,820) was settled in 1659 and named for the "pious Elder of Plymouth" William Brewster. It wasn't until 1803 that the wealthy citizens of Brewster decided to split from Harwich and incorporate as their own town.

Many prosperous sea captains built their homes here. Shipping was a big industry, as was salt making which reached a high point in the mid-1800s with over 60 saltworks scattered throughout town.

Beaches

  • Breakwater: off Route 6A on Breakwater Road
  • Crosby Landing: off Route 6A on Crosby Landing Road
  • Ellis Landing: off Route 6A on Ellis Landing Road
  • Linnell Landing: off of Route 6A on Linnell Landing Road
  • Paines Creek: off Route 6A on Paines Creek Road
  • Robbins Hill: off Route 6A on Lower Road to Robbins Hill Road
  • Saint’s Landing: off Route 6A on Lower Road
  • Long Pond: Mammon Drive off Crowells Bog Road near Harwich town line, Route 124
  • Upper Mill Pond: Run Hill Road, off Route 6A

Hiking & Biking

Brewster has some wonderful conservation land set aside for your hiking enjoyment at the Punkhorn Parklands.

Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile former railroad, runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. 

As the Cape Cod Rail Trail makes its way through Brewster, it passes through Nickerson State Park. Operated by the state, Nickerson is a favorite spot for campers known for its crystal clean ponds, trails and thick forest.


The Brewster herring run typically teems with spawing alewives in the early spring. Photo by Jane Booth.

Golf

Get your clubs out, golfers! Brewster is home to the Captains Golf Course. There are two championship, par 72 courses to choose from at this public club.

Culture

Brewster is oozing with history.  Just take a ride along Route 6A and you'll be surrounded by old sea captains' home that are now private homes, B&Bs, inns, shops and restaurants. 

For history buffs, the Brewster Historical Society operates a museum on Route 6A and offers summer walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year. The historical society also maintains the Higgins Farm Windmill, Harris-Black House and Blacksmith Shop on the grounds of Drummer Boy Park.

The town-run Stony Brook Grist Mill and Herring Run is not to be missed. The working grist mill is open in the summer and the herring run bursts with spawning alewives and hungry gulls early each spring.

Learn all about the Cape's flora and fauna at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The Museum offers exhibits, lectures and workshops all year for adults and children.  There's an aquarium and three walking trails.

Antique collectors will be overjoyed by the number of shops in town--Brewster is a collector's paradise.

If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cape Rep Theatre on Route 6A which features live plays and performances for adults year-round and for children in the summer.

Like several of the Cape's other towns, Brewster is home to a Cape Cod Baseball League team--the Brewster Whitecaps.

Harwich hosts an annual Daffodil Festival at the end of April/beginning of May featuring entertainment, food, tours, shopping and a down-home parade. Harwich also gets into the holiday spirit each year as inns, stores and restaurants open their doors to holiday visitors and of course, Santa.

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