Dropping in on Dennis

Josiah Dennis ManseDennis is one of those Cape towns that has a landscape for every taste. You go from windy, wide-open West Dennis Beach to funky and commercialDennisport, agricultural and suburban South Dennis, and the harbor and tidalflats of East Dennis. One of my favorite sections is Dennis Village, in theheart of the Route 6A Old King’s Highway Historic District. The neighborhood still recalls some ofthe quaintness that Patti Page sang about – and you can even watch themoonlight over Cape Cod Bay.

The newest Dennis geocache, just off 6A, is “CranberryCultivation,” situated at the Josiah Dennis Manse homestead and museum onNobscusset Road. The DennisHistorical Society occasionally offers tours of the 1736 saltbox home of thetown’s first minister and namesake. There’s also a 1745 one-room Old West Schoolhouseschoolhouse on the property and farmingequipment related to the site of the country’s first commercial cultivation ofcranberries.

Over at Scargo Lake, stop by the often-overlooked sacredspace holding the mortal remains of members of the Nobscusset tribe, whosechief handed over a deed for much of Dennis and Yarmouth in 1657 to Englishsettlers Anthony Thacher, John Crow and Thomas Howes. The microcache “Nobscusset Burial Ground” provides a glimpseof this beautiful and intriguing resting place.

When you’re done touring the hidden geocaching sites, catcha show at the Cape Playhouse or Cinema, or an exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum ofArt. Dinner at Blue Moon Bistro,featuring locally Nobscusset Heartgrown food, can’t be beat; or sip some wine and enjoy thelive entertainment at Harvest Gallery Wine Bar.

Yes, Virginia, there are still quaint villages on Old CapeCod.  You just have to look forthem at a leisurely pace.

Happy trails.

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Josiah Dennis Manse,farm tools

Old West Schoolhouse

Nobscusset BurialGround

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