Harwich

Harwich, MA | Points of Interest

Wychmere Harbor, Allen Harbor, Saquatucket Harbor, Brooks Academy Museum.


Cormorants hang out at a harbor marker at Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport. Photo by John Fitts.

About Harwich

Located midway between the Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown, Harwich (pop. 12, 243) offers a bit of the classic Cape Cod vacation to everyone. A ferry boat leaving from Saquatucket Harbor goes to Nantucket and there are beautiful saltwater beaches along Nantucket Sound.

Historic Harwich center and Harwichport are a bit of old-time Americana, with band concerts and arts and craft shows in the summertime.

History

Harwich was originally known as Satucket until it was incorporated as a town in 1694. After incorporation, the town was then named for the famous seaport in England.

The commercial growth of cranberries began in the Pleasant Lake section of Harwich in 1844. Cranberry farming is still a big industry in Harwich.

Beaches

  • Red River: off Route 28 to Uncle Venie's Road
  • Long Pond: Long Pond Road
  • Sand Pond: Great Western Road
  • Seymour Pond: Route 124
  • Bank Street Beach: Bank Street, off Route 28
  • Pleasant Road Beach: Pleasant Road, off Lower County Road
  • Brooks Road Beach: Brooks Road, off Lower County Road

Hiking & Biking

Harwich has some wonderful conservation land set aside for your hiking enjoyment. The Harwich Conservation Trust offers guided walks and walking guides for trails in the Bell's Neck Conservation Lands, Coy's Brook Woodlands and many other areas.  

Harwich has some wonderful places to walk and bike ride including the Old Colony Rail Trail, a side trip off the Cape Cod Rail Trail.


Herring River in West Harwich. Photo by John Fitts.

    Golf

    Get your clubs out, golfers! Harwich is home to the town-owned Cranberry Valley Golf Course, featuring 18 holes rated "4 Stars" by Golf Digest.

    Culture

    Those who like history and the arts will find themselves instantly at home in Harwich. For history buffs, the Harwich Historical Society operates a the Brooks Academy Museum and offers summer walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year.

    If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Harwich Junior Theatre which features live plays and performances for all ages.

    The Villages of Harwich are all impressive, but Harwichport offers a nostalgic feel with summertime music strolls, arts and craft fairs and art guild shows and and wide array of dining and shopping year-round. Wychmere Harbor in Harwichport is a photographer's delight. 

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

    Harwich hosts an annual Cranberry Festival in September featuring a parade, arts and craft show and a  family beach day at Red River Beach which ends with a bonfire.  Fall for Harwich is an annual event in September and October and features activities of all kinds for all ages. 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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